Six Degrees of Separation

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No subject is left untouched in this comic, fast-paced and affecting piece.

Directed by Rachel Korach Howell 

The title refers to a statistical theory which states that any two people in the world can be connected through only six other people. The play is an examination of the threads of chance that link one person to another.

Inspired by a true story, the play follows the trail of a young black con man, Paul, who insinuates himself into the lives of a wealthy New York couple, Ouisa and Flan Kittredge, claiming he knows their son at college. Paul tells them he is the son of actor Sidney Poitier, and that he has just been mugged and all his money is gone. Captivated by Paul's intelligence and his fascinating conversation (and the possibility of appearing in a new Sidney Poitier movie), the Kittredges invite him to stay overnight. But in the morning they discover him in bed with a young male hustler from the streets, and the picture begins to change. After kicking him out, Ouisa and Flan discover that friends of theirs have had a similar run-in with the brash con artist. Intrigued, they turn detective and piece together the connections that gave Paul access to their lives. Meanwhile, Paul's cons unexpectedly lead him into darker territory and his lies begin to catch up with him. As the final events of the play unfold Ouisa suddenly finds herself caring for Paul, feeling that he gave them far more than he took and that her once idyllic life was not what it seemed to be.

Winner of the 1993 Olivier Award for Best Play and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. No subject is left untouched in this comic, fast-paced and affecting piece. The title refers to a statistical theory which states that any two people in the world can be connected through only six other people. The play is an examination of the threads of chance that link one person to another. 

Won:
Best Play, New York Drama Critic Circle Award 1991
Best New Play, Laurence Olivier Award 1993

Nominated:
Best Play, Tony Award 1991
Outstanding new Play, Drama Desk Award 1991
Outstanding New Broadway Play, Outer Critics Circle Award 1991
Best Revival of a Play, Tony Award 2017
Outstanding Revival of a Play, Drama League Award 2017


(PG-13, Dramatic Comedy)
By John Guare

Casting & Auditions

(attend one!)
  • Sunday September 10 at 7PM
  • Monday September 11 at 7PM
  • Callbacks to be held September 12 at 7PM (if needed)

*Some supporting roles will be double cast. 

CHARACTERS

  • Ouisa (Louisa) Kittredge, 40s-60s
    A rich, attractive, middle-aged woman.
  • Flan (Flanders) Kittredge, 40s-60s
    A rich, attractive, middle-aged art dealer. 
  • Paul, 20s
    A young, attractive, & charming African American man. Very little is known about Paul’s true identity. 
  • Geoffrey, 40s-70s
    A liberal South African billionaire. 
  • Kitty (wife of Larkin), 40s-60s
    A friend of the Kitterages. Their children went to school together.
  • Larkin (husband of Kitty), 40s-60s
    A friend of the Kitterages. Their children went to school together.
  • Dr. Fine, 40s-60s
    A rich, middle-aged doctor. His son went to school with the Kitterages’ children.
  • Talbot (Tess) Kittredge, 18-early 20s
    The Kittredges’ daughter.
  • Woody Kittredge, 18-early 20s
    The Kittredges’ son.
  • Ben, 18-early 20s
    Kitty & Larkin’s son.
  • Doug Fine, 18-early 20s
    Dr. Fine’s son. 
  • Trent Conway, 20s
    Went to school with the Kittredge children. 
  • Rick (Elizabeth’s boyfriend), 20s
    Young, optimistic. Moved to NY to become an actor.
  • Elizabeth (Rick’s girlfriend), 20s
    Young, optimistic. Moved to NY to become an actress.
  • Hustler, 20s-30s
    Unabashed. (May include partial nudity.)
  • Detective, 20s-60s
  • Policeman, 20s-60s
  • Eddie (Doorman at the Kittredges’ building), 20s-60s
 

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Winner of the 1993 Olivier Award for Best Play and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.

 "Among the many remarkable aspects of Mr. Guare's writing is the seamlessness of his imagery, characters and themes, as if this play had erupted from his own imagination in one perfect piece." —NY Times.

"SIX DEGREES is the best American play of the past several seasons, and will do hot business wherever it goes." —Variety.

​"…cunningly executed, seemingly seamlessly joined, interlarded with clever one-liners, alternating comic situations with mildly disturbing ones…SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION is a play about everything, with something in it for everyone…" —NY Magazine.

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