The Great Gaffe

Published in THE BEST TEN-MINUTE PLAYS 2016 (Smith and Kraus)

(10 Min) Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Edith Wharton gives a tea party for F. Scott Fitzgerald, struggling young author of THE GREAT GATSBY, with disastrous results.
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The Great Gaffe

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  • Eric Duhon:
    23 May. 2021
    What a humorous and, at the same time, entirely tragic piece about two historical figures crashing into each other! I love the use of repetition and the way the dialogue flows. A brilliantly brief commentary on the people who have "made it" and the ones who believe they never will.
  • Gyda Arber:
    31 Jan. 2021
    This is adorable! A fun dive into some literary legends. Great!
  • Toby Malone:
    6 Aug. 2020
    A quippy, to-the-point recreation of a tea engagement between literary titans gleaned from a single, caustic line in Wharton's diary. Terrific work.

Character Information

  • Scott Fitzgerald
    Author of THE GREAT GATSBY.
  • Edith Wharton
    Pulitzer-Prize-winning novelist.
  • Teddy Chanler
    A music student and Wharton family friend.

Development History

  • Reading
    Caravan Productions

Production History

  • University
    Baldwin Wallace University (OH)
  • University
    Ouachita Baptist University (AR)
  • Professional
    Monster Box Theatre (MI)


365 Women Festival
Monster Box Theater
Publication--The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2016
Smith and Kraus