The Substance of Bliss

by  Tony Glazer

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1m, 1f

"The Substance of Bliss is a sympathetic study of suburban despair [...]" - The New York Times 

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The Substance of Bliss

by  Tony Glazer

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

The Substance of Bliss provides an opportunity to sit with Paul and Donna as they wait during the late night for their troubled fifteen-year-old son to come home. As they wait for him they keep their minds occupied by cleaning and discussing potential renovations to the house. The conversation slowly veers toward their decision to marry and have the child that is causing them so much angst. 
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"The Substance of Bliss is a sympathetic study of suburban despair [...]" - The New York Times 

"[...] delicate and poignant [...] Glazer's play achieves an impressive feat of examining the lives of its characters at once deeply and subtly." -, Read More 

"Glazer captures the trials of parenting a troubled teen and the toll it can take on a couple's relationship [...] Substance of Bliss is an engaging, thoughtful play that you will long remember after the curtain call." - BroadwayWorld, Read More


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's 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
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: A backyard somewhere in suburban America.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


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Cast Attributes

  • Multicultural casting


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Tony Glazer

Tony Glazer

The Substance of Bliss premiered at the New Jersey Repertory Theatre in Long Branch, NJ in January 2016 under the direction of Evan Bergman.

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