Full-Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  1w, 3m

“Exquisitely rendered […] Jacuzziholds you rapt!” - Time Out New York
  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    1w, 3m
  • Duration
    90 minutes
  • SubGenre
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


In the Marshall family’s peacefully remote Colorado ski chalet, Erik and Helene are making themselves very much at home. So at home, they just might stay for good. At the edge of civilization, the lifestyles of the rich collide with the lifestyles of the aimless in the bubbling waters of a hot tub...but beware what lurks beneath. 
Jacuzzi was commissioned and developed by Ars Nova. Made by Ars Novaʼs 2012-2014 Company-in-Residence The Debate Society (Hannah Bos, Oliver Butler and Paul Thureen).
Cast Attributes
HELENE - 20s/30s. Working class, local, good at fixing things. Together with Derek. 
DEREK - 30s. Working class, a quiet handyman. Together with Helene. 
BO - Early 20s. Trust fund baby. Son of Robert.
ROBERT - 50s. Father of BO. Wealthy, and finishing up divorce proceedings. 
  • Time Period 1990s
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Additional Features No intermission
  • Duration 90 minutes
  • Cautions
    • Alcohol
    • Drugs
    • Strong Language
    • Mild Adult Themes


“Exquisitely rendered… Jacuzzi holds you rapt!” - Time Out New York, Read More

"[It] has the savor of a crime drama, leavened with a slacker comic vibe...the dialogue [is] weird and funny, and the hot tub plopped center stage looks so inviting it’s amazing audience members don’t strip off and slide in. Hot enough for you?” - The New Yorker, Read More

"A slow, killing pace appropriate to a Japanese horror movie. The tension is off the charts!" - Variety, Read More

"This mysterious theatrical striptease will haunt your thoughts for days after you leave the theater…Jacuzzi slowly turns up the heat until the audience is in boiling water without even noticing." - Theatre Mania,Read More


  • Jacuzzi Ars Nova Trailer youtube thumbnail

    Jacuzzi Ars Nova Trailer

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    Jacuzzi time lapse

Licensing & Materials

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.


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Oliver Butler

Oliver Butler is a founding member and co-Artistic Director of The Debate Society and has directed and toured with the company. In New York, Mr. Butler has directed the world premieres of The Lapsburgh Layover, Buddy Cop 2, Cape Disappointment, Goodbye New York Goodbye Heart, ...

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Hannah Bos

Hannah Bos (writer/actor) is a founder and co-Artistic Director of The Debate Society, an Obie Award-winning theater company. She has co-written and starred in all of the company’s plays: Jacuzzi (Ars Nova), Blood Play (Bushwick Starr/The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Fest ...

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Paul Thureen

Paul Thureen is a founding member and co-Artistic Director of The Debate Society, co-writing and starring in A Thought About Raya, The Snow Hen, You’re Welcome, The Eaten Heart, Cape Disappointment, Detroit and Buddy Cop 2. Recent New York and international performances inclu ...

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