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Business Proposal, The

  • Brian Harris
  • Short Play, Romantic Comedy, Comedy, Present Day
  • 1M, 1F, 1M or F
  • ISBN: 9780573662454

The Business Proposal begins with a botched marriage proposal by a nice young man to his Type-A girlfriend, who instead informs him that she has just accepted a position to become his boss.

  • Short Play
  • Romantic Comedy, Comedy

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Target Audience: Teen (Age 14 - 18), Adult, Senior
  • Set Requirements: Bare Stage/Simple Set

  • Performance Group:
  • Dinner Theatre, Community Theatre, High School/Secondary, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, College Theatre / Student
The Business Proposal begins with a botched marriage proposal by a nice young man to his Type-A girlfriend, who instead informs him that she has just accepted a position to become his boss. Over the next six months the two try to sort out what they really want out of their professional and personal lives. The solution comes as a surprise, both to themselves and to the audience. The play also features a comic waiter and some voice-overs, which can be done by the same actor.

Published as part of Tall Grass.

REVIEWS:

"Farce is Brian Harris' m├ętier -- it allows the brutality of each relationship to creep up on you, heightening the dramatic tension in a way that Neil LaBute's handling of similar themes cannot."

 The New York Times

"Juicy, Entertaining and Dangerous! A woman becomes her boyfriend's boss, a man catches a burglar in his home, a con artist tries to dupe and elderly couple -- each play veers towards violence and dark humor. The fizzy energy of a romantic comedy [...] a threatening sexual vibe!"

 Variety

"Unpredictable Tall Tales! Three surreal notions of the things we do for love."

 The Village Voice

"The dark, brutal underbelly of humanity is present in each character, perhaps making for a devastating look at modern life. Brian Harris' dialogue is fast, full of life, and showing these characters in all their complexities in such a short amount of time."

 Edge Publications

Premiere Production: Tall Grass was first presented Off-Broadway by Roger Alan Gindi in association with Mutmeg Productions at The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row in New York City. The director was Nick Corley.
  • Casting: 1M, 1F, 1M or F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Local Celebrity Cameo

  • PAULA LABREK - late 20s
    TREVOR PALUMBO - late 20s
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    The Business Proposal begins with a botched marriage proposal by a nice young man to his Type-A girlfriend, who instead informs him that she has just accepted a position to become his boss. Over the next six months the two try to sort out what they really want out of their professional and personal lives. The solution comes as a surprise, both to themselves and to the audience. The play also features a comic waiter and some voice-overs, which can be done by the same actor.

    Published as part of Tall Grass.

    $24.95