Out of the City

by  Leslie Ayvazian

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m, 2f

When two middle-aged married couples take a weekend trip to celebrate a milestone birthday, they find themselves pondering elusive romance and contemplating what comes next. This unorthodox comedic love story proves that rejuvenation can be found at any age.

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Out of the City

by  Leslie Ayvazian

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Carol is not a nature person and is not thrilled about turning 60. Nonetheless, her free-spirited best friend Jill decides that the best way for them to celebrate is to take a weekend away at a bed and breakfast in the Poconos with their husbands, Matt and Dan. The B&B is empty of people (off season), but full of knick-knacks, and Carol finds herself more than usually unsettled. When she suddenly shares a kiss with Jill, seemingly initiated by neither, both women find themselves questioning the foundations of their friendship and their marriages. Matt and Dan are swept into the action as Carol and Jill veer around trying to set the world back on its axis and redefine who they are and what they want. The men, in turn, test their wives sense of the boundaries of friendship and come to see their lives with fresh eyes. Crafted as a fast-moving farcical comedy, Out of the City looks compassionately at how a simple gesture can take on profound meaning for people who are taking everything for granted. 
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Ayvazian presents each of these characters with warmth and generosity." - Lowell Sun, Read More

"There may be sex in the city, but stranger things happen in the forest primeval ... Leslie Ayvazian takes this premise and runs with it..." - Talkin Broadway, Read More 

"Sixty may seem a peculiar age to do some soul searching, but in Leslie Ayvazian's funny and thoughtful Out of the City, the introspection is at once understandable and compelling." - New Jersey Star Ledger, Read More 

"This very funny, appealing, and somewhat unsettling romantic comedy is full of sharp, credible dialogue...Out of the City delivers a rich dose of humor and more than a few thoughts worth pondering." - Town Topics, Read More


Videos

  • Christian Parker discusses Out of the City
  • Out of the City cast members discuss their roles, Carol and Matt
  • Out of the City cast members discuss their roles, Jill and Dan
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

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

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    A bed and breakfast and nearby lake in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania in October.

  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

2m, 2f

DAN -  Jill's husband, a basketball coach who does not enjoy the outdoors like his wife.
JILL - Dan's wife, a free spirit who often goes out on hikes and explores exotic places.
MATT - Carol's husband, suffers from a recent arm injury.
CAROL - Matt's wife, the first of the group of friends to turn 60; she ultimately feels a sense of wanting.

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  • Ensemble cast

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Leslie Ayvazian

Leslie Ayvazian is the author of 8 full-length plays and 7 one act plays, published variously by Samuel French and Dramatist Play Service. Some have been included in annual anthologies of best plays. Nine Armenians won the John Gassner/Outer Critics Circle Award for best new American play, The ...

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Out of the City premiered in March 2015 at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, in Lowell  MA, under the direction of Christian Parker.

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