Everlasting Chocolate Therapy

FULL LENGTH: Fifteen years after touring the famous chocolate factory, the former gum-chewer Bo returns to confront the man who made her blue only to discover that Chuck, a fellow golden ticket finder, is now in charge of operations. Since being hand picked as an eleven year old, Chuck has struggled to follow in his predecessor’s footsteps, and the frustrated orange workers of the factory want a change,...
FULL LENGTH: Fifteen years after touring the famous chocolate factory, the former gum-chewer Bo returns to confront the man who made her blue only to discover that Chuck, a fellow golden ticket finder, is now in charge of operations. Since being hand picked as an eleven year old, Chuck has struggled to follow in his predecessor’s footsteps, and the frustrated orange workers of the factory want a change, reuniting Chuck and Bo with the three other contestants to determine who should be the next Chocolate Man.

Everlasting Chocolate Therapy explores the bittersweet reality of the five not-so-lucky golden ticket finders and their attempts to overcome the consequences of childhood decisions.
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Everlasting Chocolate Therapy

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  • Harper Lee:
    11 Mar. 2021
    Eat bitter, taste sweet. Absolutely brilliant. I loved being re-introduced to these characters as fully fleshed-out human beings, and not just as mere warnings or caricatures for badly behaved young children. This a play for folks who still believe in and long to see magic, even if their childhood has long since ended. Hilarious and heartfelt.
  • Hayley St. James:
    29 Jan. 2021
    “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” was my favorite film as a child, so this play was tailor-made for my enjoyment. I wish I could come up with a sequel to a childhood favorite as deliciously funny, wise, and perfectly executed as “Everlasting Chocolate Therapy.”
  • Lisa Dellagiarino Feriend:
    28 Jan. 2021
    I love this play. We catch up with the kids from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" fifteen years later and see how the experience has shaped and changed them. The characters are fantastic, the dialogue is sharp, and the jokes are perfect. I didn't want it to end. I especially loved that each character got a moment of poignant reflection, even in the midst of the hilarity. You feel for all of them, even as you're laughing.

Character Information

  • CHUCK
    Mid 20s,
    Male
    Formerly a poor lover of chocolate.
    Currently runs the Chocolate Factory.
  • BO
    Mid 20s,
    Female
    Formerly a gum chewer.
    Currently blue-skinned.
  • MICHAEL
    Mid 20s,
    Male
    Formerly a television junkie.
    Currently a 6ft tall bookworm and lover of learning.
  • GUS
    Mid 20s,
    Male
    Formerly a gluttonous consumer of food.
    Currently, shredded like a fitness model & sharp as a butter knife.
  • VEE
    Mid 20s,
    Female
    Formerly a demanding spoiled brat.
    Currently...yeah, still that.
  • The Factory WORKERS
    Any age.,
    Any race.
    ,
    Any
    The musically-inclined orange workers of the Chocolate Factory.

    There are four factory WORKERS written in the script. These may be cast separately or any of the actors playing BO, MICHAEL, VEE, or GUS may double these roles.
    Possible suggestion for doubling:
    • MICHAEL – WORKER1
    • GUS – WORKER2
    • VEE – WORKER3
    • BO – WORKER4

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Theatre Unmasked
    ,
    2021
  • Reading
    ,
    Brooklyn Prospect Charter School
    ,
    2021
  • Reading
    ,
    Permafrost Theatre Collective
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    Baldwin Wallace BFA Showcase
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    Play It By Ear
    ,
    2019

Production History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Acadiana Repertory Theatre
    ,
    2022

Awards

Semi-Finalist
,
Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival
,
2021
Finalist
,
Acadiana Repertory Theatre
,
2020
Semi-Finalist
,
Traguna Productions
,
2019