Family therapist, Dr. Phoebe Gardner, has written a groundbreaking book entitled Brutal Honesty, which is about to be released nationwide. Anticipated to be an international bestseller and the newest rage in pop psychology, a high profile television newsmagazine is planning a one-hour special at her home. A notoriously ruthless newswoman will interview Phoebe, her husband, Paul, and their 9-year old son, Jasper. Cameras will reveal them to the nation as the preeminent example of an emotionally and psychologically healthy family—the result of Phoebe's work promoting uncensored, brutal honesty within the family unit. The morning of the interview, Phoebe is shocked by the unexpected arrival of her parents, grandmother, sister and brother's pregnant Japanese girlfriend. When the television newswoman finds out that Phoebe's extended family is visiting, she insists that everyone must participate in the interview. Phoebe faces her family with all their amassed neuroses, psychoses and family secrets, and she is left with no choice but to heal her own family before the newswoman and cameras arrive. The problem is that she has only an hour and 20 minutes to do it. Phoebe's methods of using childhood games to access the inherent honesty of a child prove disastrous when it comes to her profoundly dysfunctional family. So, she announces that she's holding them captive for emotional ransom. Her demands? Honesty, vulnerability and truth—yikes! Truly a fate worse than death. They must spill the family secrets, demons, cover-ups and unexpressed feelings. Will Phoebe's family successfully exemplify her life's work before millions of TV viewers? Or will the family devastate her reputation and end her career? Phoebe discovers that the state of her family's mental health is the key to her own.
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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code ID7000
- Cast Size 7
- Min. Royalty Rate $90/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 90 min
- Target Audience High School | College and Adult
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | Touring Group | Dinner Theatre
- Genre Comedy
- ISBN(13) 9781583429105