The Groves of Academe

Play

New Work
Writers: Mark Stein

Overview

Show Information

Book
Category
Play
Number of Acts
1
First Produced
1982
Genres
Comedy
Settings
Contemporary, Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
The present, A professor's office
Cast Size
small
Ideal for
All-Male Cast, College/University, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult characters

Synopsis

In a series of scenes which span the school year, Bill Groves, an assistant professor of English, is visited in his office by Paul Morris, a quirky undergraduate in Groves’ honors seminar on comedy. Paul has an off-the-wall attitude that first startles, then amuses, and ultimately impresses the young professor, while Paul's opinions and behavior are gradually influenced by Groves’ personal qualities and intellect. The play conveys the academic “treadmill,” amid which (or despite which) learning and growth can nevertheless be nurtured.

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