Application Pending (Competition Version)
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Christine Evans is a kindergarten assistant at Edgely Prep, an elite Manhattan private school with an acceptance rate that puts Harvard’s to shame. On the day applications are due, Edgely’s Head of Admissions is ousted in a scandal, and Christine is unexpectedly thrust into the job. With phones ringing off the hook, Christine must balance beleaguered applicants, venal administrators, and an army of parents who will stop at nothing to get their kids in. Winner of the 2015 Broadway World Award for Best Off–Broadway Play, Application Pending explores the cutthroat world of kindergarten admissions and what it ultimately means to be a good parent.

One-Man Version and a School Version have also been created for schools and other institutions where there is a need for a larger cast. The play can be performed with anywhere from 2 to 43 actors. 



Casting Note: Application Pending was originally written to be performed by one female actor playing all the roles. The authors have also created a version of the script for a male actor, a school version, as well as a competition version. At schools and other institutions where there is a desire to engage larger casts, the play can be performed with anywhere from 2 to 43 actors.

Christine Evans, female,* is the new Director of Pre-Primary Admissions at Edgely Preparatory Academy, having recently been promoted from her job as a kindergarten assistant. She does her best to impress and tries to keep her spirits up despite overwhelming odds. Bright, resourceful, and resilient, she is determined to get the job done, even if it means using unconventional tactics. She is a single mother who would do anything for her son.

Mary Mae Beverly – a parent with Southern roots.

Bob – man of all trades.

Boris – a Russian businessman.

British – courteous.

Dr. Lawrence Bradshaw – the headmaster.

Bruce and Chad – non-traditional parents.

Buddy Marshall – a soft-spoken parent.

Cardinal – the Pope’s gofer.

Christian Olivier – a wee thespian.

Celine Dion – herself.

Coach – the gym coach at Edgely Prep.

DEA Agent – an agent of the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Debbie Davis – the previous Director of Pre-Primary Admissions.

Preschool-Age Boy – Devin, Christine and Richard’s son.

DHS Agent – an agent of the Department of Homeland Security.

Pamela Upton Drinkwater – a society woman.

Everett – a confident businessman from New England.

FBI Agent – an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

George Clooney – himself.

Isabella Reyes – a reporter.

Jennica – a first grade teacher who shouldn’t.

Jerry – wants a child, badly.

Lucille – a screamer, wife of Ernie.

Matthew – a caterer who’s over it.

Patricia Hyman – an executive at PETA.

Mrs. Petersen – a matronly kindergarten teacher.

Operator – automated telephone voice.

Pope – his Holiness.

Preston – a prospective student.

Richard – Christine’s ex-husband.

Sabrina – Christine’s best friend.

School Voicemail – for Our Lady of Sorrows.

Senator Dumont – Senior Senator of South Carolina.

Shoshana Feigenbaum – neither genteel nor gentile.

Sister Jones – the headmistress at Our Lady of Sorrows.

Stephanie – an expectant parent.

Sven – an ice sculptor.

Takala Matata – the Director of Financial Affairs at Edgely Prep.

Teresa – Mrs. Petersen’s new assistant, formerly a custodial engineer.

Trish – Dr. Bradshaw’s secretary.

Val – a hypochondriac.

Vera Vandercooché – the Chancellor of Admissions at Buckington Academy.

Setting: The Pre-Primary Admissions office at Edgely Preparatory Academy, an elite private school in Manhattan.

Greg Edwards (Playwright) wrote the scripts for Application Pending and Craving for Travel (Off-Broadway, co-written with Andy Sandberg), lyrics for Neurosis: A New Musical (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, SALT Award for Best New Musical), and book and lyrics for Taking the Plunge (NYMF, Samuel French OOB Festival) and Evelyn Shaffer and the Chance of a Lifetime (Samuel French OOB Festival). He has collaborated with Marvin Hamlisch (White House Governors’ Dinner, Mr. Hamlisch’s holiday tour) and Arthur Laurents (Love Affair). Greg’s essays are published in Avidly (Los Angeles Review of Books) and McSweeney’s, and his game Jessica Plunkenstein and the Dusseldorf Conspiracy (NYT “Best Adventure Game of the Year”) was published by PC Gamer UK. Honors and approximations thereof include the BMI Harrington Award, Fred Ebb Award (two-time finalist), and Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship (top-12 semifinalist). Greg graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale, belongs to the BMI Workshop, and can be stalked most effectively at

Andy Sandberg (Playwright) is a writer, director, actor, and Tony Award-winning producer. He has written the scripts for Application Pending and Craving for Travel (co-authored with Greg Edwards), and he directed their world premieres Off-Broadway. Application Pending received the BroadwayWorld Award for Best Off-Broadway Play and a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Solo Show. Other directing credits include the world premieres of Operation Epsilon (Four IRNE Awards, including Best Play, Best Director), Shida (AUDELCO nominations, Best Director and Best Musical), The Last Smoker in America, Zelda at the Oasis, R.R.R.E.D., and Bernice Bobs Her Mullet. He has been represented on Broadway as a producer of HAIR (2009 Tony Award; also London), The Best Man (2012 Tony nomination), and The Realistic Joneses. Also as producer: A Perfect Future (Cherry Lane); Paradise Found (Menier Chocolate Factory, London; dir. Hal Prince/Susan Stroman); Pageant (Drama Desk nomination - Best Revival), and Vigil. B.A. Yale University.

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"Critic’s Pick! Four Stars! Deliciously twisted. A symphony of hilariously harmonious voices. This satire has a spry freshness to it.” –Time Out New York

“Like recess for grownups! Whether you’re inside the cutthroat world of New York parenting or are blissfully unaware of what some moms and dads will do to get their kids into elite private schools, Application Pending will make you laugh.” –The NY Daily News

“A joy to watch from beginning to end…nothing short of astounding.” –NY Theatre Guide

"A roller-coaster of laughs – absolutely not to be missed!” –Stage Buddy

"Spot on...Brilliant!" –The Today Show, NBC

WINNER! 2015 BroadwayWorld Award – Best Off-Broadway Play

2015 Drama Desk Nomination – Outstanding Solo Show

*Awards and press are from the original (one-woman) version of the show that played at the Westside Theatre in New York and starred Christina Bianco. 

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