by  Eliza Clark

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  4m, 1f

In Eliza Clark’s suspenseful drama, it’s just another morning at the suburban burger joint where Ruckus, Marco and Emma smoke up, talk smack, and – oh yeah – work. However, when a bloodied stranger staggers in, the three teens are forced to choose sides in the grueling war advancing just outside the door.

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    4m, 1f
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    90 minutes
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    Target Audience

    • Adult

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Eliza Clark brings her unique ability to blend comedy and suspense in her nail-biting play, Edgewise. Work sucks, especially in the middle of a war zone.  It’s just another Saturday flipping burgers for three suburban teens, but when bombs start dropping and a bloodied stranger staggers in, these kids deal with the unknown the only way they know how – by tying it up.  It’s World War III at your local burger joint. Eliza Clark’s terrifying comedy, originally produced by Page 73 Productions and The Play Company in NYC, builds suspense, rattles audiences, and poses questions about humanity in crisis. 
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“Playwright Clark, who wrote for the AMC's conspiracy thriller "Rubicon," has an ear for realistic dialogue and unspools her soliloquies with lovely skill.” - Mark Kennedy, Associated Press

“An exciting new voice in the theater...Illuminating and moving...We can look forward with eager anticipation to Clark’s future work” - Steve Hauck, theasy.com

“The emotional, visceral impact of the piece as it builds and builds, and just never stops building…is incredibly powerful, and extremely disturbing.” - Loren Noveck, nytheatre.com

“A scary and thrilling 90 minutes. It's all the more frightening because of the ordinariness of the environment. Explosions and scenes of torture are interspersed with complaints about curfew and comparisons of cars...Clark, who writes for the AMC conspiracy-theory series Rubicon, has constructed a taut document on how easy it is to lose your humanity when your safety is threatened.” - David Sheward, Backstage

“Anytime a new playwright comes along with a knack for creating dramatic situations and ratcheting up tension to nerve-shredding levels, it's cause for celebration. Say hello to Eliza Clark.” - David Barbour, Lighting and Sound America

“Best Weapon of 2010” - The New York Times


  • The Making of Edgewise
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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: Contemporary, New Millennium/21st Century, The Future
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: A suburban burger joint
  • Additional Features: No intermission


4m, 1f
RUCKUS – 17 
MARCO – 17 
EMMA – 17 
LOUIS – 28 
PAUL – early 20s
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Cast Attributes

  • Multicultural casting




Eliza Clark

Eliza Clark has had her plays developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, the Studio at Cherry Lane Theatre, Page 73 Productions, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Provincetown Playhouse, The New York International Fringe Festival and Yale University. She has received commissions from South Coast Repertory and Yale University’s O’Neil ...

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World Premiere of Edgewise was produced by Page 73 Productions and The Play Company. An earlier version of Edgewise was presented at the Cherry Lane Studio Theatre July 25-August 9, 2008. 

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