The American Plan

Play

Writers: Richard Greenberg

Overview

Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts
2
First Produced
1990
Genres
Drama, Romance
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
by a lake in the catskills, the summer of 1960; later, a central park west apartment, 1970
Cast Size
small
Ideal for
small cast, female lead, professional theatre, university theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly female cast
Includes young adult, adult characters

Synopsis

It’s summer in the 1960s, by a lake in the Catskills, and delicate, mercurial Lili Adler has been watching the antics of the men and women across the water at the resort. When A handsome young man named Nick appears at the resort, Lil falls desperately in love with him. Charmed by Lili’s fragile demeanor and intelligence, Nick -- who has deeply-held secrets of his own -- falls in love with her, as well. Watching the goings on is Lili’s suspicious, regal, and overbearing German-American mother, Eva, who uses questionable tactics to try and protect her daughter from any emotional harm. Richard Greenberg’s thoughtful and tender play exposes the underbelly of the most delicate of human feelings: love.

Lead Characters