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New World Stages - Stage Five

The Two-Character Play

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New World Stages - Stage Five

340 West 50th Street
New York, NY 10019

2hrs, 10mins
1 Intermission
Important Dates
Jun 19, 2013
Sep 29, 2013
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Amanda Plummer and Brad Dourif star in the off-Broadway premiere of Tennessee Williams' drama.


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What Is the Story of The Two-Character Play?
Brother-and-sister acting pair Clare and Felice find themselves abandoned by their troupe while on tour, with just a letter informing them that their fellow actors have accused them of being insane. Left alone in a theater, the duo decide to perform a two-character play that Felice has written for their expected audience. As the play goes on, Clare and Felice find that their script is blurring the lines between reality and illusion.

Critics’ Reviews

Director Gene David Kirk and his creative team have produced a work that should be seen by more than the 200 people that the New World Stages 5 can hold nightly... this one deserves to be seen by as many people as possible.

Review by Matthew Martello from EDGE New York

In a time of cookie-cutter theater, the flamboyantly peculiar 'The Two-Character Play' stands out. It’s not for everyone, but those who do like it will like it very much indeed.

Review by Elisabeth Vincentelli from New York Post

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Two-Character Play Like?
The Two-Character Play is one of Tennessee Williams’ most experimental and polarizing works. At two hours and 10 minutes, the play features master actors Amanda Plummer and Brad Dourif as the peculiar siblings Clare and Felice, who utilize a bare-bones set and the rest of the theater space as they attempt to stage a play for an imaginary audience. At times straightforward and at times vague, The Two-Character Play is not a traditionally linear story, but rather, it’s an experimental piece of theater that will challenge your idea of sanity, reality and what it means to be a performer.

Is The Two-Character Play Good for Kids?
The play is probably not appropriate for children under 13. The show’s experimental subject matter may confuse adults, and the implied violence and occasional scary moments are not suitable for young children.