WINNER! of the 2011 Laurents/Hatcher Award for best new play
WINNER! Outer Critics Circle Award - John Gassner Award
Danny has written a complex new drama about an African American family trying to get out of the Projects, and it has just been selected for the nation's preeminent play festival. Problem is: Danny, a young white playwright, submitted the work under a pen name in the hope of increasing its chances for production. So he hires Emilie, a black actress, to stand in for him as author. What starts as a terrible idea becomes more and more terrible as Danny drags Emilie, his boyfriend, and his best friend down a long and dirty path of truth, lies, revelation, and betrayal. A fiercely funny and intelligent new comic drama about the words we use to describe each other — and the things we'll do to get what we want.
"THE SUBMISSION is a raw, unsentimental play about race and gender that exposes the quiet prejudice and intolerance among even our most progressive thinkers. It is both uncomfortable and impossible to not watch. . . . As for Talbott, it's a pleasure to see what he's capable of." - Associated Press
"Fearless, whip-smart, and hyperarticulate, Talbott's incendiary political comedy-drama asks hard questions about our supposedly post-racial world. . . . THE SUBMISSION is an important play. It makes you stop and think." - Backstage
"Jeff Talbott's THE SUBMISSION is incendiary, offensive, controversial and wonderfully inviting of debate . . . grabs the audience and doesn't let go for 100 minutes." - Hollywood Soapbox
"THE SUBMISSION reveals newcomer Jeff Talbott as a promising playwright with a flair for natural-sounding conversation and a keen eye for characters." - New Jersey Newsroom
DANNY – White. 27. Gay. He is bright, articulate and charming. He has a strange mix of confidence and neediness; has always thought of himself as likeable and is shocked that anybody would think he has a mean bone in his body. He is also, possibly, a racist.
TREVOR – White. 27. Straight. Danny's best friend and an actor. He sincerely believes in Danny's talent and is fiercely loyal.
PETE – White. 27. Gay. Danny's boyfriend. He is very much in love with Danny, says exactly what he thinks and is generally right.
EMILIE – Black. 27. Straight. She is no-nonsense and highly articulate, and she loves Danny's play. She may not, it turns out, love Danny so much.