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Gary and Joanne, rival travel agents and former spouses, are vying for their industry’s most prestigious honor: the Globel Prize. With their reputations on the line, they’ll tackle any request, no matter how impossible, and any client, no matter how unreasonable. Full of overzealous travelers, overbooked flights, and hoteliers who are just over it, this off-Broadway hit is a "bottomless suitcase of zany characters" that reminds us why we travel…and everything that can happen when we do.

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A rare theatrical endeavor. The gags are nonstop! 

–The New York Times


Characters:

Casting Note: Craving for Travel was originally written to be performed by one male actor and one female actor playing all the roles.  At schools and other institutions where there is a desire to engage larger casts, the play may be performed with anywhere from 2 to 31 actors.

GARY BOLTON, male, 40s-50s. A successful travel agent who’s attempting to get out from under his mother’s thumb. After years in the business, he’s confident there’s no situation or client too difficult for him to handle. The actor who plays GARY also plays 15 additional roles of varying ages, genders and nationalities – including outlandish clients and unscrupulous vendors. Must be adept at creating bold characters and switching between them seamlessly.

The actor who plays GARY also plays the following roles:

  • BORIS YERMOLAI (40s-50s, male) A new-money Russian, humorless
  • CARL PENN (30s-50s, male) A guilty businessman who’s trying to win back his travel agent after a failed bout with Travelocity
  • CLIFF FRASER (40s-50s, male) The dashing and charming owner of Fraser Medical.  A George Clooney type.
  • DEBBIE (50s, female) A good-natured employee at Atlantic Air
  • DOMINIC DOMINGO (30s, male) Castilian, a standard case of gay-or-European.
  • GENERAL BRADLEY (50s, male) A four-star general at the Defense Department, no-nonsense
  • GLEN DENNIS (30s, male) A slimy travel agent and shameless namedropper, Gary and Joanne’s rival 
  • HENRY HIMMELBAUM (40-50s, male) Very overweight, very defensive
  • INTREPID RED (20s-30s, male) A low-level clerk at the museum on the U.S.S. Intrepid
  • MADISON KEEBLER (20s, female) Heiress to the Keebler cookie fortune, into partying and vindictiveness
  • MIRIAM ST. CLOUD (50s-60s, female) A dotty society woman with a penchant for lapdogs
  • PRISCILLA (30s, female) An Australian hotel clerk, patient to a point
  • TRIPP WALKER (early 20s, male) Joanne’s intern, wide-eyed and overeager, Jack McBrayer on 30 Rock
  • WADE BUTTERSWORTH (60s, male) A senior senator, confident and Southern
  • WALT DAVENPORT (60s, male) A successful shipping magnate, knows what he wants and when he wants it

JOANNE PIERCE, female, 40s-50s.  The owner of Jetaway Getaways and Gary’s ex-wife. A friendly and ambitious business woman who’s not afraid to occasionally bend the rules.  A bit less patient than Gary but a romantic at heart – trying to save her business and find love – no biggie.  The actor who plays JOANNE also plays 14 additional roles of varying ages, genders, and nationalities – including outlandish clients and unscrupulous vendors. Must be adept at creating bold characters and switching between them seamlessly.

The actor who plays JOANNE also plays the following roles:

  • ATLANTIC AIR (V.O.) (No age, female) Soothing voice that encourages people to remain on hold
  • BARBARA MORRIS (80s, female) A gentle elderly woman hoping to take one final trip with her husband
  • DEMONT (30s, male) A Jamaican vendor who doesn’t know when to stop
  • DOLORES BOLTON (70s, female) Gary’s mother, a battle ax
  • GERTRUDE MARCUS (60s, female) Bolton Travel’s oldest, wealthiest client.  She’s never heard the word “no.”
  • HELEN ROSENSTOCK (40s, female) A mother of quintuplets, enjoys her adult beverages (a.k.a. soused)
  • JEB (30s, male) A traveler who doesn’t know geography and doesn’t know he doesn’t know it
  • KATHLEEN SCHWARTZ (20s, female) A jittery newlywed
  • PATTI LUPONE (female) Herself
  • SETH (20s-30s, male) A flamboyant clerk at Maui’s most exclusive resort
  • SHEIK AL KARAM AL EKIM (30s-40s, male) A businessman from Dubai, wealthy, royal, and confident
  • SHELBY EARP (40s, female) A theater aficionado from Minnesota, thinks the pinnacle of Western culture is Cats
  • SIMON STANKEVIC (30s, male) The head of Lithuanian tourism.  He’s friendly and persistent, but not particularly fluent in English.
  • SOJOURNER ANGELOU KING (30s-40s, female) A woman of grand heritage who wishes to explore it grandly

Setting: The Offices of Bolton Travel and Jetaway Getaways

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 GregEd.com.

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. AndySandberg.com

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“Craving for Travel is a comedy with heart performed by two hyper-talented actors.” –New York Post

“A rare theatrical endeavor.”–The New York Times

“So funny! Craving for Travel packs laughs!”–Daily News

“The jokes are a mile a minute!”-Time Out NY

“A wild ride!”–The New Yorker

“A fun, light-hearted romp!”–Show Business Weekly

“Delicious! Craving for Travel has all the ingredients that have made hits of Parks and Recreation, Veep, and Seinfeld.”–DC Theatre Scene

“A bottomless suitcase of zany characters!”–TheaterMania

“An absolute treat! Craving for Travel is a hilarious two-person show, and a genuine expression of the beauty of human interaction. Verry funny, heartfelt, and extremely entertaining!”–Exeunt Magazine

“A pleasant rumination around the world of travel.”–Show Business Weekly

“A new play shows, with wit and charm, why agents are invaluable to the clients they serve. Funny and amusing!”–Travel Market Report

“It is worth the trip to see this amazing new comedy by Greg Edwards & Andy Sandberg!”–White Rhino Report

“Guaranteed to pluck at your heartstrings and make you laugh uproariously, Craving for Travel offers a lot of fun!”–Epoch Times

“Freakily funny!”–Daily News

 

Materials: your materials will be sent to you two months prior to your opening date and will include everything necessary for your production 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 via email as downloadable PDF files for you to print in-house. All materials are yours to keep! No deposits, no returns.

The required materials for Craving For Travel include:

Production Scripts 

Available Products:

Print Edition – Beautifully bound scripts 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 artwork, a ready-made poster, a press packet with pull quotes and reviews, and reference photos to inform your design.

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