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.
A One-Man Version and a Competition Version has 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.
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 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
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 AcademyMary Mae Beverly, a parent with Southern roots
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.
Materials: your materials will be sent to you two months prior to your opening date and can be ordered in Printed or Digital format. Printed Materials are provided on unbound three-hole punched loose-leaf paper while Digital Materials are provided as downloadable PDF files for you to print in-house. All materials are yours to keep! No deposits, no returns.
The required materials for Application Pending include:
Print Edition – Beautifully bound scripts of the original one-woman version available at wholesale costs to sell in your lobby!
Director's Script – Single-sided script with space for director’s notes.
Logo/PR Pack – Includes high-resolution logo artwork, a ready-made show poster, a press packet with pull quotes and reviews, and reference photos to inform your design.