The Great Gaffe

Published in THE BEST TEN-MINUTE PLAYS 2016

(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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  • 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.
  • Rex McGregor:
    5 Aug. 2020
    I love the scintillating dialogue and the contrast between the characters.
  • Doug DeVita:
    11 May. 2020
    Ah, the self-involved impatience of youth! It’s the perfect foil to the gravitas of experience. And in the hands of O’Grady, it proves a delightful opportunity to pit the callow F. Scott Fitzgerald against the august Edith Wharton in a mismatch of wits — guess who prevails? Read this gem of a play and find out. Tea has never been so satisfying.

Character Information

  • Scott Fitzgerald
    28
    Author of THE GREAT GATSBY.
  • Edith Wharton
    63
    Pulitzer-Prize-winning novelist.
  • Teddy Chanler
    23.
    A music student and Wharton family friend.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Caravan Theatre (U.K.)
    ,
    2020

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Monster Box Theatre (MI)
    ,
    2016

Awards

Selection
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Publication--The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2016
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Smith and Kraus