Frankie Needs a Muse

Written by:

Maddy Noble

Cast Size:
12

Roles For:

  • Men: 6
  • Women: 5

Genre:

Comedy

Themes:

Feminism
Relationships

Length:

90 min.

Year Written:

2024

Synopsis:

Frankie is a writer by trade, adjunct writing professor by paycheck, who vows to write about anything other than modern dating; it’s superficial, depressing, and generally just a bummer. Despite all this, it’s still the only thing anyone wants to read about. While Frankie searches for inspiration elsewhere, her friends are convinced that she just needs the right muse: someone she’ll fall in love with or who will break her heart–curing her writer’s block either way–or at least someone to curb her cynicism. Unbeknownst to Frankie, her friends post flyers around the city that read “Frankie Needs a Muse. Call now and feel the stars align,” complete with her full name and phone number. Soon enough, Frankie gets a barrage of calls from the city’s weirdest gentlemen suitors. Instead of pursuing the opportunity earnestly, she sets up back-to-back-to-back dates for research; if she can pinpoint exactly what caused this downfall into endless swiping, maybe she can solve the problem. Frankie calls her work an anthology, some people call it a feminist manifesto (sometimes as a compliment, but usually not), and most people think it’s a sex diary. It’s probably some combination of those…

Characters:

FRANKIE: female, 30s, a writer
SIMONE: female, 30s, a corporate consultant
ANDY: male, 30s, a musician
STEPHEN: male, 30s, a painter
BETH: female, 30s, an actress
ANISHA: female, 60s, a Bohemian subway rider
JOEL: male, 30s, a minimalist
AMANDA: female, 30s, an anthropology professor
DATES: all male, 30s, multiple dates may be played by the same actor DANTE: male, 30s, a fan of IPAs
NEIGHBOR: anyone, a nuisance

Resources:

The play script can be found at the following link:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VsPA6lplTjjCSJdrlXYD-xgTa45Qj9mR/view?usp=share_link  or by contacting the author directly at  maddynoble@nyu.edu

Notes:

With the exception of Anisha and Frankie, characters may be played as, or by actors of, any gender, and their respective names and pronouns may be changed accordingly. The gender breakdown is only what the playwright envisioned while writing, and is what is reflected in the script.

Warnings:

Open conversations about sex and dating. Nothing graphic, violent, or particularly explicit.