The Joy of Pain and Suffering

A Comedy

By Sam Bobrick

Two Acts

One Set – The play takes place in several areas on the stage and requires no formal set.

7 Characters – 2 men, 5 women

Preston Wilcox, a very decent, but dull husband, is told by his wief, Noreen, that she wants a divorce because at this point in her life, decency and dullness is not what she needs. Alan, Preston's brother, a rotten but fun person who has been carrying on an affair with Noreen, offers to teach Preston how to become a more desirable guy in today's social market. It's just a matter of behaving badly. Today's women love it. Preston refuses to take on his brother's bad boy values and tries desperately to enter the singles world and fails at it miserably. He then decides to go along with his brother, but that also doesn't work and now he's totally confused as to what to do and how to fit in. Unfortunately, there seems to be only one answer.


PRESTON WILCOX – A naïve man in his early thirties

NOREEN WILCOX – His wife, also in her early thirties

ALAN WILCOX – Preston's slightly older brother

BETSY – An innocent young woman in her mid-twenties

FELICIA – A woman in her mid-thirties with a lot of hard mileage

DR. TAMMY – A radio talk show host in her late thirties

NURSE JULIA – An attractive woman in her late twenties

Agency Contact

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