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Wise Guys

Read the Play (minus the ending)


A Philosophical Comedy in 3 Acts
7F / 11M / 2 either M or F
Doubling Possible
Approximate Playing time:  2 hours


When real life is pushed to the edge of absurd, the result is strangely humorous.  In Cahoone’s Wise Guys, what is more disturbing than the correlation between the professional power struggle in a university philosophy department and the mafia? As Michael explains to graduate student, Kay, “When you pick a dissertation topic and an advisor you join a professional family, like an apprentice joining a guild…The old protect the young, the young honor the old…The most important thing is that the old have to get the young jobs and then tenure. When it works, the whole family rises together—more prominent publications, better jobs, money, and fame.” But how far will your philosophical family go to maintain power or at best balance within the departmental structure?  When Michael gets awarded tenure after playing a role in sabotaging a competing family and later becomes Chair of the Department, he wreaks revenge on those who destroyed his mentor’s career only to face the dilemma of marrying or murdering the woman he loves as she positions herself within an opposing philosophical family.  But is she really the danger he’s been led to believe, willing to present an argument he cannot refute? $20 Single Use Copyright Fee plus $60 Royalty per Performance for Amateur Theatre.  Professional Theatre Royalties Calculated on Application. 

$60.00 Royalty per Performance
$20.00 Single-Use Copyright Fees