Application Pending

By Greg Edwards and Andy Sandberg
Published and licensed by Stage Rights
Check us out at www.applicationpendingplay.com

“Remarkable! Must we trot out the phrase ‘tour de force’? Yes, we must.”  [New York Times]
"Critic’s Pick! A deliciously twisted solo vehicle.” [Time Out New York]
“Like recess for grownups! Application Pending will make you laugh.” [New York Daily News]

Application Pending is a new comedy about the hilariously cutthroat world of kindergarten admissions at a New York private school. One actress portrays rookie admissions officer Christine and over forty other roles, including all the wild personalities that she has to deal with on her first day on the job.

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.

A timely and incisive comedy, Application Pending pokes loving fun at America’s obsession with getting our children into the school that will not only teach finger-painting but also determine the rest of their natural lives.  This new Off-Broadway play sends up our perceptions about opportunity, how we attain it, and what it ultimately means to be a good parent.

Application Pending was the winner of the 2015 Broadway World Award for Best Off-Broadway Play and a nominee for the 2015 Drama Desk for Outstanding Solo Show.

Characters

  • CHRISTINE EVANS, a kindergarten admissions officer at Edgely Preparatory School

Casting Note: Application Pending was originally written to be performed by one female actor playing all the roles. The authors have also created a one-man version of the show, as well as a school 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.

Productions

  • Circle Theatre, Fort Worth, TX (October 19 - November 18, 2017)
  • Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City, MO (December 7-26, 2016)
  • North Carolina Theater Conference High School Play Festival (October 2016)
  • West Side Theatre, Off-Broadway with Christina Bianco (January 26 - April 19, 2015)
  • Industry Reading with (New York, November 2013)
  • Reading with Nicole Parker (New York, December 2012)

Press

Off-Broadway (January 26, 2015 - April 19, 2015)

Reading (November 2013) [+]

Photos

Backstory

I got rejected from a private kindergarten. Apparently, the wound has festered.

     

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