Bureaucrazy

Semi-Finalist Hart NPI
Semi-Finalist Eugene O'Neill National Playwriting Competition

Grace and Amy are just two regular girls working as secretaries in a soul sucking office. But when their boss chokes on an oatmeal raisin cookie, it starts a domino effect of death and disaster in this female-driven, modern Commedia about office politics and social stratification.
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Bureaucrazy

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  • Dominica Plummer:
    11 Mar. 2019
    An absolutely hilarious farce that will have audiences laughing until their sides hurt. This fast paced comedy has great roles for actresses who have a talent for slapstick. Kate Danley has written a play that will appeal to audiences everywhere, and especially those who have some experience of life in a modern corporation!
  • Greg Burdick:
    2 Mar. 2019
    The outlandish hijinx of Grace and Amy in “Bureaucrazy” make this script, without a doubt, the delightfully wacky and absurd love-child of “9 to 5” and “Weekend at Bernie’s.” Kate Danley’s dialogue is lightning fast. It will leave you breathless, and with sides aching from all the laughs. Staggeringly funny roles for women here, along with a relentless pace, make this play one that you need to put at the top of your list. Farce is usually brain candy, but this play admirably elevates it to macadamia nut status... well done!
  • Ignition Arts:
    6 Jun. 2018
    A hilarious farcical plunge in the secretarial pool with dynamic roles that have been yet to be written for actresses. Like if FAT CAT KILLERS were written for women. Thank you, Danley, for writing this brilliant, smart and deliciously dark comedy. Young physical comediennes everywhere, rejoice!

Character Information

  • Grace
    20s - 40s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    female, 20s-40s, a secretary. Must be a strong physical comedian. Background in improv and commedia preferred.
  • Amy
    20s - 40s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    female, 20s-40s, a secretary. Should be a strong physical comedian, preferably with a background in improv or commedia.
  • Molly
    20s - 40s,
    White
    ,
    Female
    overly-friendly secretary, smells of Patchouli, kiss-ass
  • Helen
    30s - 50s,
    White
    ,
    Female
    30s-50s, vice-president, social climber, power woman, loves Peru (in a cultural appropriation sort of way.) Physically demanding role. Should be a strong comedian, preferably with a background in improv or commedia.
  • Vivianne
    40s - 60s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    president of the company, a power woman
  • WATERMAN / JANITOR / AC GUY
    20s - 40s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    a man of all trades and a million faces. Should be able to play three distinct characters.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Ignition Arts
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    Seattle Playwrights Salon
    ,
    2017

Awards

Semi-Finalist
,
Moss Hart and Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative
,
Moss Hart and Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative
,
2018
Semi-Finalist
,
Women Are Funny Award
,
Stageways
,
2018