CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOU by Philip Middleton Williams

£5.00

Donny Hollenbeck is a successful writer of romance novels under the pen name of “Amanda Longington” living calmly and quietly in the Florida Keys with his girlfriend, Anna, a successful realtor. Both have what they think is their dream life. To make things even better, Donny’s agent Barbara arrives to tell him that he could make even more money turning his bodice-rippers into made-for-TV movies.  But then, as if by magic, Bobby Cramer appears. He is the main character in the Great American novel that Donny was writing when he hit the big time with the romance novels. Bobby asks Donny: “Why have you left me in a file folder in the bottom of your desk drawer? I’d like to know what happened to me.” This leads to a hilarious series of confrontations between the flesh-and-blood author and his fictional character who is, in many ways, the guy Donny wishes he could be.

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CHARACTERS

BOBBY CRAMER: early twenties, well built, with a friendly demeanor.

ANNA MORGAN: early thirties, attractive, dressed-for-success, and assertive.

DONNY HOLLENBECK: mid-thirties, in good shape, carefree.

BARBARA SOLOMON: in her forties, large and loud.

NICK WILSON: mid-thirties, Beach Boy type.

 

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

Can’t Live Without You was first presented in a staged reading at the University of Miami on November 20, 2005.  It was directed by Kenneth N. Kurtz with the following cast:

Bobby Cramer……………………………………………………………………………………………………Ross Evans

Anna Morgan…………………………………………………………………………………………………Rebecca Voss

Donny Hollenbeck………………………………………………………………………………………Mark Mochabee

Barbara Solomon……………………………………………………………………………………………Maha McCain

Nick Wilson…………………………………………………………………………………………………..Chris Teutsch

 

Can’t Live Without You was produced at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre in New York City on January 23, 2008.  It was produced by Rachel Charlop-Powers and directed by Adam J. Natale with the following cast:

Bobby Cramer………………………………………………………………………………………………….Will Poston

Anna Morgan………………………………………………………………………………….Rachel Charlop-Powers

Donny Hollenbeck……………………………………………………………………………………………Tom Pilutik

Barbara Solomon……………………………………………………………………………………………Mary Fassino

Nick Wilson……………………………………………………………………………………………….Gary Mahmoud

 

Can’t Live Without You was first produced fully staged by The Playgroup, LLC at the Willow Theatre in Boca Raton, Florida, on March 30, 2019.  It was directed by Jerry Jensen with the following cast:

Bobby Cramer…………………………………………………………………………………………………Robert Ayala

Anna Morgan…………………………………………………………………………………………………Leslie Kandel

Donny Hollenbeck………………………………………………………………………………………..Anthony Wolff

Barbara Solomon………………………………………………………………………………….Carla Zackson Heller

NickWilson……………………………………………………………………………………………………………AJ Ruiz

 

PROMOTIONAL VIDEO

To watch a promotional video for the above production at the Willow Theatre in Boca Raton, Florida – CLICK HERE

 

REVIEWS

RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE NEW PLAY EXCHANGE

High concept, low-comedy, sophisticated wit, and hilarious farce are mixed expertly in Philip Middleton William’s smart romantic comedy “Can’t Live Without You.” Serious life choices are questioned, but not given short shrift as the play bubbles along like a cocktail that reveals deeper layers of flavor with each sip, and in the end packs quite a satisfying punch. – Doug DeVita

This portrait of a writer at a crisis point mostly of his own making is hilarious and gripping. Williams perfectly captures the breezy, sun-soaked atmosphere of a setting that fails to soothe a cast of characters who are all discontented in their own specific ways. The use of a character in the protagonist’s head is a bold stroke that really works here; it adds dimension to the protagonist’s journey even as it brings in another comic touch. This writer’s work never fails to impress in every way. – Maximillian Gill

A play with a situation familiar to artists everywhere. A story with layers and emotions as complex as any classical work. Philip Middleton Williams takes the scenario of “trouble in paradise” to new heights in this equal parts dramatic and comedic mystery that keeps you reading from end to end of the script. The setting may be idyllic Florida, and the characters may be hilarious (especially Bobby who matches wits with Donny in some of the most witty dialogue exchanges you’ll find on NPX) but make no mistake the stakes are high and the questions demand reflection and quiet thought. – Franky Gonzalez

I really enjoyed “Can’t Live Without You.” I can totally see why it’s gotten produced.  It had tons of humor and humanity to it (my two favorite qualities). — Joe DiPietro, Tony-winning author of “Memphis” and “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”

It is wonderfully creative.  And with its small captivating cast of characters, it is a piece that is easy to produce – a ‘must’ for today’s playwrights. – Dan  Goggin, creator of “Nunsense.”

I liked it a lot.  It read very quickly.  Read it from start to finish in one go.  Too bad I don’t look like Bobby or Donny. — Lou Hirsch, star of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” and BBC’s “My Hero.”

 

 

RUNNING TIME

Approx 2 hours

 

PREVIEW

Preview available here

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