The Millennial Malcontent

Written by:

Erin Shields

Cast Size:
8

Roles For:

  • Indigenous Peoples: 8
  • LGBTQ+: 2
  • Men: 3
  • People of Colour: 8
  • People with Disabilities: 8
  • Women: 5

Genre:

Comedy

Themes:

Identity
Loneliness
Social Media

Length:

120 min.

Year Written:

2017

Synopsis:

The Millennial Malcontent by Erin Shields is a gender-swapped adaptation of Sir John Vanbrugh’s Restoration Comedy The Provoked Wife, following a group of millennials during a night out as they search for love and sex and document it all on social media. Satirizing every trope from social media stardom to economic precarity to slacktivism, Shields reveals the loneliness lurking under every smiling profile photo.

Characters:

Moxy: (f) An irritable provocateur. Independently wealthy.

Johnny: (m) Her husband. A nice guy. NGO intern.

Heartfree: (m) Johnny’s best friend. Also a nice guy. Music reviewer.

Mimi: (f) Visiting Quebecoise student. Cousin to Charm. Film maker.

Charm: (m) Vain YouTube star.

Raz: (f) Computer programmer. Lesbian hip hop artist.

Faith: (f) In love with Johnny. Entrepreneur.

Teasel: (f) Friend of Faith. Master’s student.*** all characters can be played by gender non-conforming individuals

First Produced:

Tarragon Theatre in 2017

Resources:

The Millenial Malcontent was published by Playwrights Canada Press: Published in the anthology Voices of a Generation.

The Millenial Malcontent can also be found at the Canadian Play Outlet.