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The Tangled Web

The Tangled Web

By Laurie Brooks

Product Code: TF6000

  • Full-length Play
  • Drama
  • Cast size: 3m., 2w., 1 either gender.

    Livestream and Record & Stream Rights Available

  • Awards: AT&T OnStage Award | The Charlotte B. Chorpenning Playwright Award

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This title can be licensed and sold throughout the World.

* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

$10.95 /script

Min. Royalty Rate: $90/perf

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Seventeen-year-old Owen is in love with Sarah. Sarah is in love with Sean and his rich lifestyle. Sean used to love Sarah, but now he's moved on. With the help of a mysterious, Faustian source of inspiration, called the Host, Sarah comes up with a plan to secure her future that unwittingly draws everyone into her tangled web of lies. Owen's friend, Tommy, is complicit in Owen's inescapable fate, and Sarah's friend, Julie, must decide between loyalty and telling the truth. The four young characters are portrayed individually and as a chorus who, along with the Host, offer their cryptic and often sarcastic thoughts inside and outside the action. The Tangled Web uses theatrical techniques to investigate issues that surround the consequences of irresponsible sexual activity. It examines peer relationships, influences, and the boundaries of loyalty. How far would you go to obtain your heart's desire? In the special interactive forum that follows, the audience is given the opportunity to further explore the characters' choices and actions. The play was commissioned, devised with and premiered by Graffiti Theatre Company, Cork, Ireland. This American version was commissioned and premiered by The Coterie, Kansas City, Mo., and received a prestigious AT&T FirstStage Award from the Theatre Communications Group.


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  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Full-length Play
  • Product Code TF6000
  • Cast Size 6
  • Min. Royalty Rate $90/perf
  • Cost $10.95
  • Approx. Run Time 70 min


  • Target Audience Young Audiences | High School | College and Adult
  • Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | Touring Group
  • Genre Drama
  • ISBN(13) 9781583423370
* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

Customer Reviews

"The Tangled Web asks teens to evaluate their stand in life, to make conscious choices, to hold themselves accountable, to make their lives count. I can't imagine a more powerful or timely dialogue."
Review by Avis Smith, ACSW, LSCSW, LCSW Prevention Manager, Crittenton Behavioral Health, Kansas City, Mo.

Media Reviews

"Compelling…the story examines individual responsibility. Every character is put under the microscope. Refuses to pander to its audience and acknowledges that 'happy endings' are the stuff of storybooks." -The Kansas City Star