Tethered: Addison & Eleonore

One Act (~10 mins). A retired business mogul, Addison Spratt, and his wife Eleonore are hosting a cocktail party at their stately mansion in Bethesda, MD. Heavily intoxicated, the pair unwittingly reveal curious details about their son's childhood, which raises some questions about his virility. Nevertheless, their money, power and influence serve to save the evening and to guard their son's...
One Act (~10 mins). A retired business mogul, Addison Spratt, and his wife Eleonore are hosting a cocktail party at their stately mansion in Bethesda, MD. Heavily intoxicated, the pair unwittingly reveal curious details about their son's childhood, which raises some questions about his virility. Nevertheless, their money, power and influence serve to save the evening and to guard their son's character. Companion piece to Tethered: Edwin & Abigail.
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Tethered: Addison & Eleonore

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  • Rachel Feeny-Williams:
    16 Jul. 2021
    In this short piece the writer expertly constructs the frame of this family. The parents, boozed up and proud as punch of their son (so long as her lives his life the way they want him to!) The play is brilliantly constructed with great roles for older actors. I think this piece would be brilliant on stage as a relatable and funny piece of theatre.
  • Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos:
    9 Jul. 2021
    In this short, the playwright has gifted your older actors with a superb and challenging vehicle - and that's a rare gem. The actors speak out of both sides of their mouths, as the saying goes, and therein lies the fun. Houk doesn't waste his energy on the frivolous, though, taking advantage of the moment to deliver a pointed, political commentary while he has your ear. I have some actors in mind I'd love to see in these rich, lively roles and I bet you do, too. A really nice piece of writing.
  • Cindi Sansone-Braff:
    21 May. 2021
    Unfortunately, I have dined with the likes of Addison and Eleonore on numerous occasions. Booze and bullshit, politics and power, secrets and lies, all these themes come together in this well-paced, well-crafted ten-minute play. A great vehicle for two veteran actors to strut their stuff. Set in a stately mansion in Bethesda, Maryland, the play gets darker and darker, as the two characters get meaner and meaner. Powerful and riveting, this play would mesmerize an audience. Bravo!

Character Information

  • Addison Spratt
    Late 60s,
    White
    ,
    Male
  • Eleonore Spratt
    Early 60s,
    White
    ,
    Female