David’s Play

by Tom Rowan

Amanda Linden is opening tonight in a new Broadway show: a jukebox musical entitled Notorious! Ten years ago, when they graduated from college, she and her five best friends made a pledge: Whichever one of them made it to Broadway first, the others would all be in the audience on opening night. So most of the members of this once-close-knit group are gatheringin the apartment Amanda shares with her husband Leo. Ian, a director, arrives with a new friend—and a mysterious manuscript; Molly, now a New Jersey housewife, has managed to get a rare night off from childcare duties; and Barry, an aspiring comic, is a bit too excited about seeing her again. The only friend who didn’t keep the promise is David, a charismatic actor who was the center of their group but disappeared mysteriously in the city three years earlier. Could he still be alive? David’s Play is a serious comedy about love, loss, musical theatre, and the enduring power of friendship.

Cast Size: 5M 2W

Running Time: 90+ minutes

Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

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About the Playwright

Tom Rowan is a playwright, author, and director. His produced plays include Kiss and Cry (GLAAD Media Award Nomination), The Second Tosca (45th Street Theatre in NYC; Arvada Center in Colorado), Faye Drummond (productions in San Antonio, Texas, and Long Island City), and The Blue Djinn(Best Short Play in the Fresh Fruit Festival, 2014). Most recently, his David’s Play was seen at the Chain Theatre as part of the 2019 NY Fringe Festival; a monologue from that play isincluded in the book Best Men’s Monologues, 2021 Edition, published by Smith & Kraus. His plays Festivities and The Patterns of Love have recently been seen in online Zoom readings. Tom has held commissions from The Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Maryland Opera Studio, where his libretto for the opera The Young King (composed by Martin Hennessy) was heard in concert in 2017. Tom’s many directing credits include ALittle Night MusicA Midsummer Night’s Dream (Denver Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Director), Landscape of the Body (Westword Award for Best Director), Master Class, and the fortieth anniversary New York production of A Chorus Line(Queens Kudos Awards for Best Director and Best Production of a Musical, 2016). He is the author of the books A Chorus Line FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About Broadway’s Singular Sensation, and Rent FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About Broadway’s Blaze of Glory, both published by Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. More info is available on his website at www.TomRowan.net.

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