By Sam Bobrick & Ron Clark
One Set – A New York loft apartment
5 Characters – 3 men, 2 women
A father, whose wife of thirty years has left him, comes to New York to seek solace from his son and discovers his son is gay. After a disastrous attempt to straighten his son out, the father eventually finds himself living with his son's boyfriend and eventually becoming enlightened to the ways of the world. The appearance of his runaway wife adds further hilarity to the situation. The play has recently been updated to keep up with the times.
NORMAN CHAMBERS – A young man in his mid-twenties
GARSON HOBART – Norman's boyfriend, also in his mid-twenties
BEN CHAMBERS – Norman's father, a man in his early fifties
MARY – A very understanding hooker in her mid-twenties
BEATRICE CHAMBERS – Ben's wife in her late forties
NORMAN, IS THAT YOU? Opened on Broadway in February, 1970. It was directed by the legendary George Abbott and starred Lou Jacobi and Maureen Stapleton. The play ran for five years in Paris (where it is called PAUVRE FRANCE) and has been produced in 26 countries.
“A comic nugget of a play. Funny is funny.” Time Magazine, Feb. 1970.
“A realistic caring portrayal of a gay man and his parents… Funny and ultimately affecting.” Derek Donovan, The Kansas City Star
“...It's a treat!” Russ Simmons, Sun Newspapers
“Still as fresh and meaningful as when it was written.” Kathleen Boswell, The Sedalia Democrat
“A play about values, love and human behavior” James Loutzenhiser, Townsend Publications.
If you are interested in licensing this play please contact Jonathan Lomma at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.
Published by Samuel French