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Rancho Viejo

Dan LeFranc

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  4f, 5m

CRITIC'S PICK! "Sweet, hypnotic, and very funny...Mr. LeFranc is fast positioning himself as a new-fashioned bard of an old-fashioned American genre, in which small, homey lives are played out against the backdrop of a cosmic infinity." - The New York Times

Rancho Viejo

by  Dan LeFranc

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4f, 5m
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Not Applicable
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
Description
Set in the fictional suburb of Rancho Viejo, a couple can't bear the thought of their son and daughter-in-law's marriage troubles. No more than they can bear their awkward neighbors, or life in general. Dan LeFranc's anxious comedy ponders life's big questions while his characters try to avoid existential exhaustion. 
History

Rancho Viejo premiered at Playwrights Horizons in New York City in November 2016 under the direction of Daniel Aukin.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Cautions
  • Alcohol
  • Animals
  • Mild Adult Themes

Licence details

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

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Rancho Viejo, a fictional affluent suburb in a temperate climate.
  • Additional Features: Animal spot
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

4f, 5m
Cast Attributes
  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Role(s) for Latino Actor(s)
  • Parts for Senior Actors
PETE - 60s, Mary’s husband, white
MARY - 60s, Pete’s wife, white
GARY - 60s, Patti’s husband, white
PATTI - 50s/60s, Gary’s wife, white
SUZANNE - 50s/60s, Patti’s best friend & Leon’s long-term girlfriend, white
LEON - 50s/60s, Suzanne’s long-term boyfriend, black
ANITA - 40s/50s/60s, Guatemalan, Latina, speaks very little English
MIKE - 60s/70s, Anita’s doting husband, white, speaks very little Spanish
TATERS - 14/15/16, white-ish, scrawny-ish, scary-ish
MOCHI - a labrador with a stuffed giraffe

Media

Press

REVIEWS

CRITIC'S PICK! "Sweet, hypnotic, and very funny...Mr. LeFranc is fast positioning himself as a new-fashioned bard of an old-fashioned American genre, in which small, homey lives are played out against the backdrop of a cosmic infinity." - The New York Times, Read More 

"Magnificently strange and welcoming...The play is consistently funny throughout, wringing laughs from social awkwardness and non sequiturs as people negotiate each others’ egos or vie for dominance." - Time Out NY, Read More


Videos

  • Playwrights Horizons Trailer for Rancho Viejo

  • Intreview with playwright Dan LeFranc

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Authors

Dan LeFranc

DAN LEFRANC’s plays include Rancho Viejo (Playwrights Horizons), Bruise Easy (American Theater Company), Troublemaker (commissioned and produced by Berkeley Rep), The Big Meal (American Theater Company, Playwrights Horizons, HighTide Festival, UK), Sixty Miles to Silver Lake (Soho Rep, P73), Origin Story, In the Labyri ...

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