Assistance

Play

Writers: Leslye Headland

Overview

Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts
1
First Produced
2012
Genres
Comedy, Dark Comedy
Settings
Contemporary, Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
contemporary (2010s), manhattan, an office building
Cast Size
small
Ideal for
Community Theatre, Ensemble Cast, Mature Audiences, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Small Cast
Casting Notes

Includes young adult, adult characters

Synopsis

The small army of administrative assistants belonging to Daniel Weisinger, a famous and powerful business mogul, are a mixed bag of motives: suave, aggressive Vince despises his boss; the underdogs, clumsy Heather and bitter Justin, are devoted to their jobs; obnoxiously competent Jenny is eager and confident that she will surpass her co-workers. Nick and Nora flirt and joke to distract themselves from their unhappiness. But each assistant shares a deep ambition, desire for status, and twisted allegiance to their abusive boss, even in the face of volatile power plays, unreasonable demands, and physical injury. Leslye Headland’s biting, fast-paced comedy Assistance, part of her “Seven Deadly Sins” play cycle, explores greed and power both professional and personal, and the terrible, if hilarious, toll they can take on those who are caught up in their pursuit and practice.

Lead Characters