Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating, & Marriage!
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Let Miss Abigail take you back to a simpler time, before booty calls and speed-dating, back when the divorce rate wasn’t 50% and when ‘fidelity’ was more than an investment firm! It’s Loveline meets Dr. Ruth as Miss Abigail shares her vast knowledge of every piece of relationship literature known to mankind. The audience participates in this hilarious variety show, and Miss Abigail’s strapping young assistant Paco is there to provide for her every need. This smash off-Broadway hit will keep you laughing all night long – that’s the Miss Abigail guarantee!


SYNOPSIS


The show opens to the set of a warm, inviting living room. Welcome to Miss Abigail’s relationship talk show. Everyone in the audience has a pink “ASK MISS ABIGAIL!” card that says, “Got a question about dating, mating or marriage? Need some relationship advice? Got a question that you’re embarrassed to ask your doctor? Ask Miss Abigail instead!” Paco, Abigail’s strapping assistant, readies the stage for her arrival.  

Miss Abigail enters to her musical theme and informs the audience that, “over the next hour and eighteen minutes, I’ll teach you all my secret recipes for romance.” Her knowledge spawns from all of the relationship and self help books she “devoured” from her Grandmother. Plus, she has walked the walk; for twenty-five years she had a perfect marriage, then her husband passed away.

Miss Abigail directs her first tid-bit of priceless advice to the audience: “Ask The Looking Glass.” Remember it is important to look your best and maintain your personal hygiene! She hands out “Ask the Looking Glass” cards to each member of the audience and asks them to put it somewhere they can see it every day. She takes the audience through some of the common wardrobe malfunctions associated with loneliness, like plumbers bottom, for instance.

As Abigail explains, the most attractive aspect of any person is their confidence. It becomes clear at this point that Paco is very interested in Miss A as he assists her. He seems to have developed a bit of a crush in the time they have been working together.

In this contemporary age there are so many ways to meet someone! Once you meet someone it is important to know how to flirt. Miss A demonstrates some of her tried and true flirtation techniques like “this stool is free,” and “Lick Lip,” then she brings some audience members up onstage to try it out.

Next step: dating. Miss Abigail covers everything from who should ask, where to go, and even what to talk about. Then she goes through the ins and outs of the first kiss. Paco, ever enthralled, gets jealous when she asks an audience member to help her while he leaves for a moment.

A few audience members join Miss Abigail onstage to play “Love, Lust, or Stalking?” This is a game where she describes several scenarios and the contestants have to decide which of the three categories it is best represented by.

Up next: weddings and marriage. She gives several pointers on how to maintain a healthy, long-lasting marriage.

The final bit of relationship advice is, yes you guessed it: Sex. Paco shows a montage of his favorite clips from film history in order to give the audience some sexual education.

After a few more lessons in love, Paco is overwhelmed by his emotions. He confronts Miss Abigail and asks her to move on from her late husband. He makes her favorite kind of sandwich in his very unique way, and Abigail seems to be interested at last in the love that was right in front of her.

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PURE FUN! You can’t help but fall instantly in love with Miss Abigail's Guide! 

–Entertainment Weekly


Characters:

Miss Abigail –  The most sought-after relationship expert to the stars (think Dr. Ruth meets Emily Post).

Paco –  Her sexy assistant 

Setting: A warm & inviting living room: the set of Miss Abigail’s talk show

Ken Davenport is a Broadway producer whose credits include Godspell, Chinglish, Oleanna starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, Speed-the-Plow, Will Ferrell's You're Welcome America, Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury, and 13, as well as Altar Boyz, My First Time, The Awesome 80s Prom, and Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating, & Marriage off-Broadway. Current projects include bringing the first ever revival of A Few Good Men to Broadway and adapting the novel and film Somewhere in Time into a Broadway musical.

 

Sarah Saltzberg played Logainne Schwartzandgrubenairre for two years in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on Broadway. She created and developed her character in C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E (upon which Spelling Bee is based), which she co-produced at the Theatorium in NYC. She most recently appeared in Fat Camp (NYMF), and has appeared off-Broadway in Junie B. Jones (Lortel Theatre), her one-woman show Dear Diary (Ars Nova), as well as throughout NYC in long-form improv comedy with the Upright Citizen's Brigade. Sarah can be seen in the late-night Broadway-themed improv show Don't Quit Your Night Job, which she co-created and co-produces (www.dontquitnyc.com). She is also a co-artistic director of Stage 13, a theater/production company dedicated to cultivating new and original stage, web and film pieces (www.stage-13.com).

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Billing responsibilities, pertinent copyright information, and playwrights' biographies are available in the show rider that comes with your license agreement. To download the show rider for Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage, click here.

“Date night done right.” –Harper’s Bazaar

“You cant help but fall instantly in love with Miss Abigail.” –Entertainment Weekly. 

“90 minutes of retro funny. A lighthearted amusing comedy.” –NorthJersey.com

“A funny new play. A nifty incarnation” –TheatreMania 

“A good time. Guide Manages to send you home chatting about all of that silly dating advice.” –Variety

“An evening unlike any other. I never stopped laughing” –Pat’s Opinionated View

“A fun night out.” –Motherhood Later…Than Sooner.  

“Hilarious, fun and, has a lot of heart. Will have you laughing off your chair” –Sitcoms Online

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 Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage 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.

Media Pack - Includes high-resolution artwork, ready-designed posters, prop artwork, reviews and pull quotes, reference photos, and the video used in the Play. 

Logo/PR Pack – Includes high-resolution logo artwork and a ready-made show poster.

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