Presumed Retarded

Author: Ed Malin

Presumed Retarded

Description: This dark comedy explores the private lives of two World War II-era movie stars and their child, who has been hidden away in a mental asylum for most of her life.
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2011
Date Added: 12/13/2015
Content Advisory: Dialogue about child abuse
1 Act, 90 Minutes
5 Females, 4 Males

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Keywords: Characters are Mostly Young Adults · Child Abuse · Comedy · Coming of Age · Dysfunctional Families · Feminism · Large Cast Size · Satire/Parody · Sickness and Mental Illness · Social Issues

Original Production Information

Presumed Retarded was first performed in July, 2011 at Manhattan Theatre Source in New York City, with the following cast and credits:

Eevin Hartsough (Delmarva Johnson)
Joerg Tittel (Dr. Gianni Lesboporno)
Vincent Piazza (Dr. Madison Haffenauer)
Russ Hammonds (Fats Forward, Dread Smiley)
Denise Ledonne (Dame Lavinia Titbottom)
Ian August (Sir Terrence Comely Whistlestop, Tattoo Artist, Waiter)
Tiffany Card (Adeena Wannamaker)
Kassie Bracken (Singleton Grenada)
Anita Gandhi (B)

Director: Sarah Gurfield
Stage Manager: Alejandra Diaz
Lighting Design: David Comstock
Sound Design: Drew Bellware
Set Design: Maruti Evans
Graphic Design: Janet Bentley
Musical Accompaniment: Dan Evans