Baggage

Written by:

Sarah Segal-Lazar

Cast Size:
10

Roles For:

  • Men: 1
  • Women: 9

Genre:

Dark Comedy

Themes:

Magic Realism
Relationships
Women

Length:

90 min.

Year Written:

2019

Synopsis:

Whatcha gonna do with all that junk? All that junk inside those trunks? In a world where heartbreak takes the form of literal baggage, Jill is drowning in the deodorant, LPs, and beer bottles of her failed relationships. Not to mention the suitcases’ accompanying personalities. Through magical realism, wit, and a dash of heartache, Baggage examines the attempt to move on while still being bogged down by the tangible memories of the past.

Characters:

Jill, Late 20s, distinctive hair
Ben, Late 20s-early 30s
Zach, Baggage from when Jill was 16
Marshall, Baggage from when Jill was 20                                                                                                                 British accent Sean, Baggage from when Jill was 25
Kyle, Baggage from when Jill was 28
Clark, Baggage from when Jill was 22
John, Baggage from when Jill was 23
Toby, Baggage from when Jill was 24
Isaac, Baggage from when Jill was 27

First Produced:

Unproduced (Staged reading at Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal in March 2019)

Resources:

Baggage is available through the CPO Website.

There is also a full French translation available through the CPO Website.

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Notes:

This is an exciting opportunity to bring women of different backgrounds and experiences together onstage, so it is encouraged that the casting reflects the wonderful individuals who make up our society and communities.

*The roles of the baggage should all be played by women and non-binary individuals as they are the manifestations of JILL’s experience. The performers playing the baggage should not look like JILL.

Warnings:

Content warning: description of sexual violence (end of Act 1 monologue)

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Selection Notes:

This play is FUN from beginning to end. And that's only just reading the script! Staging a production would be a fantastically playful, hilarious, and meaningful experience for all involved: actors, production team, and audiences alike. Baggage examines a modern Millenials dating life, and all the trauma and baggage she carries from one relationship to the next. We all have our baggage tucked away at the back of the closet, nearly everyone can relate. This play offers the chance for us to pull out all the suitcases, throw them onstage, theatricalize it, and see what happens!