The Great Gaffe

Selected for Monster Box Theatre's 365 Festival and other productions
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. (Written for 365 Women a Year)
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The Great Gaffe

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  • James Binz:
    7 Jun. 2024
    I enjoyed watching the semi formal tea party descend into drunkenness and disorder. F. Scott may someday appreciate the advice, but not today. Nice piece and worth a production or two.
  • Lainie Vansant:
    6 Jun. 2024
    O'Grady illuminates a fascinating moment from a footnote in history in this taught ten-minute play. Lit nerds will rejoice at the dramatic irony and tense foreshadowing layered throughout this piece.
  • Brenton Kniess:
    4 Jul. 2023
    O'Grady's THE GREAT GAFFE is like the scotch that Scott Fitzgerald drinks at the beginning of the play...clean, smooth, and rich. THE GREAT GAFFE is a truly suave piece of theater that would be tremendous to see staged.

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