MEET CUTE

Mary's getting married and Teryn is unlucky in love. As they spend their night talking and drinking, Teryn reveals her fantasies about what it would be like if she was the type of girl that could have a "meet cute." The duo gets carried away acting out the ridiculous possibilities and have as much "fun as the female romantic narrative is toxic" before the truth of it all is revealed, and two people lose an eye.
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MEET CUTE

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  • Franky Gonzalez:
    24 Mar. 2019
    I remember watching this in Dallas and rereading the play brought back the same laughs and the same smiles. Haley Nelson encapsulates the fears many of us have of being alone forever and the wild, unrealistic--though hilarious when you play it out live--and dramatic romantic scenarios we imagine for ourselves in that "Love at First Sight" moment. But in Meet Cute, there's more than just the hilarious romantic scenarios we invent for ourselves, there's the less than ideal reality of how couples come together. There's a lot of hope and reality among the fantasies. Plus, that ending is freaking HILARIOUS.
  • Shaun Leisher:
    23 Mar. 2019
    Such a delightful ten minute play that is genuinely. Filled with clever dialogue and touching moments. The ending is equal parts adorable and horrifying as the meeting between our two friends concludes with the ultimate “meet cute.”
  • Bryan Stubbles:
    7 Sep. 2018
    Self-aware meta version of the "meet cute" trope. Genial and pretty funny. Full of great dialogue. Teryn laments her bad luck and lack of a French bookstore romance: "And I’m never gonna have that! I’m never gonna be lucky enough to win tickets on the radio or get lost in France and find a bookstore. If I get lost in France I’m gonna get kidnapped." This play will kidnap and entertain you.

Character Information

  • Mary
    Late 20s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    A recently engaged woman. She is kind and genuine, not mean-spirited. She is not much of a show-off but is over the moon about her new fiancé. She is Teryn’s best friend.
  • Teryn
    Late 20s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    A smart lawyer in her late twenties. Dresses simply and conservatively. Brilliant and quick. She isn’t self-loathing as a whole, but she is going through a hard time. She is Mary’s best friend and is supportive of her engagement.
  • Waiter/Fantasy Guy/Drunk Eric
    Lates 20s - Mid-40s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Either one actor triple-cast, or two actors - one playing Waiter, the other playing Fantasy Guy/Drunk Eric.
  • Hot Teryn/Sweatpants Mary
    Late 20s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Teryn’s idealized version of herself – need not look anything like her, but should wear some sort of clothing as indication they are the same person. Also plays SWEATPANTS MARY.

Production History

  • Fringe
    ,
    Camp Death Productions
    ,
    2018
  • Fringe
    ,
    House Party Theatre
    ,
    2017