Simple set (a couch, a toilet)
Critic's Pick, New York Times, 2010
Critic's Pick, TimeOut New York, 2010
It's a Friday night in 1995 and Monday morning homeroom is a million miles away. Six over-stimulated, under-supervised high school students are gathered in Margot's basement to meet her mysterious boyfriend from summer camp -- though none of them have even seen a picture of him and he has yet to show up. As the teens keep themselves busy with rounds of party games, the night gives way to stolen kisses, malicious gossip, and broken hearts. This heartbreaking, hilariously real play showcases the absurd and terrible ecstasy of being young in America.
Steven Levenson's plays include The Language of Trees(Roundabout Underground), Seven Minutes in Heaven(HERE Arts Center; Emerging America Festival/Huntington Theater Company), Retreat (Edinburgh Fringe Festival),Almost Stuck, and Girls Day. His work has been seen and developed by Roundabout, Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Atlantic Theater Company, MCC Theater, Ars Nova, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. His plays are published by Playscripts, Inc. and Dramatists Play Service. A graduate of Brown University and the 2010 Artist in Residence at Ars Nova, Mr. Levenson is currently working on new play commissions for Roundabout, Lincoln Center, and Ars Nova. He is a member of the MCC Playwrights' Coalition.
"Seven Minutes in Heaven captures the sound, look and absurd operatic emotions of growing up in the mid-'90s... The play is so real that you almost believe it was written by one of its characters." —Jason Zinoman, New York Times
"...beautifully captures the joys and agonies of adolescence." —Frank Scheck, New York Post
"Wildly charming... Spot-on teen dialogue. The show paces itself as parties do, with what-should-we-play-next aimlessness punctuated by sudden moments of abruptly adult pain." —Helen Shaw, Time Out New York
Acting Edition (Paperback)
Playscripts, Inc., 2010. 68 pages.