Chris 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 Chris is unexpectedly thrust into the job. With phones ringing off the hook, Chris 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.
A School Version and a Competition 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.
Remarkable! Must we trot out the phrase ‘tour de force’? Yes, we must.
–The New York Times
A timely and incisive comedy. Comic perfection.
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, as well as a school version (available upon request). 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.
Chris Evans, male,* is the new Director of Pre-Primary Admissions at Edgely Preparatory Academy, having recently been promoted from his job as a kindergarten assistant. He does his best to impress and tries to keep his spirits up despite overwhelming odds. Bright, resourceful, and resilient, he is determined to get the job done, even if it means using unconventional tactics. He is a single father who would do anything for his son.
The actor who plays Chris also plays over 40 additional roles of varying ages, genders, and nationalities – including parents, colleagues, and administrators. Must be adept at creating bold characters and switching between them seamlessly.
The actor who plays Chris also plays the following roles:
Mary Mae Beverly – a parent with Southern roots.
Bob – man of all trades.
Boris – a Russian businessman.
British GPS – 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.
Devin – Christine and Richard’s preschool-age 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 – Chris’s ex-husband.
Sabrina – Chris’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.
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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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