Pugilist Specialist

Pugilist Specialist
by Adriano Shaplin

Productions (17)
  • Drama
  • 70 - 80 minutes
  • 1 f, 3 m
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: Two wooden benches and a microphone.

Pugilist Specialist
by Adriano Shaplin

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Productions (17)
  • Drama
  • 70 - 80 minutes
  • 1 f, 3 m
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: Two wooden benches and a microphone.

Four highly trained U.S. Marines are assigned the task of eliminating a Middle-Eastern leader. A microphone records their conversations as they meet, receive briefings, travel, and finally attempt to execute a modern political assassination. At the center of the mission is a female explosives expert with a bad reputation for following the rules.

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Pricing Information

Min. Performance Fee* $80
Standard Edition $9.99
Stage Manager Edition $18.99

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Play Details

Four highly trained U.S. Marines are assigned the task of eliminating a Middle-Eastern leader. A microphone records their conversations as they meet, receive briefings, travel, and finally attempt to execute a modern political assassination. At the center of the mission is a female explosives expert with a bad reputation for following the rules.

  • Drama
  • 70 - 80 minutes
  • 1 f, 3 m
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: Two wooden benches and a microphone.

Published Reviews

"Sharp political theater... An engrossing, inventive dissection of the American military mind."

Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times

"The play leaves you with a disturbing insight into the systems and beliefs at the heart of America's obsession with anti-terrorism, and the confusing and contradictory opinions behind the reasons for going to war in the first place."

What's On Swindon

"A beautiful, horrifying play with an ethical, tragic heart. I was bowled over by the performances, the staging and most of all by the writing -- something new and exhilarating in the theater."

Tony Kushner

"The play is particularly timely -- and brilliant too."

Newsweek

"A visceral performance piece...an uncommonly bracing shot of political theater. Chillingly convincing, tautly suspenseful...a stunning final act."

David Rooney, Variety

"Pugilist Specialist is not a Pinteresque power play. It's a less genteel, more Maileresque view of men and women at war, the sexual thrills of killing, and the cerebral justifications of the animalistic. The four soldiers go at one another with a ferocity that, as in Pinter, is funny and frightening at the same time... Shaplin's bold style underscores that this is not your typical women-in-the-military story. In fact, there's nothing typical about it."

Ed Siegel, Boston Globe

"A tightly constructed psychological drama -- its real theme is the minefield of military relationships."

Liesl Schlesinger, The New Yorker

Production History

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Location
MAY 26, 2017 - MAY 26, 2017
Whole Hog Productions
Salisbury, United Kingdom
Whole Hog Productions Salisbury, United Kingdom
MAY 19, 2017 - MAY 20, 2017
Whole Hog Productions
Bath, United Kingdom
Whole Hog Productions Bath, United Kingdom
MAR 01, 2017 - MAR 06, 2017
Whole Hog Productions
Swindon, United Kingdom
Whole Hog Productions Swindon, United Kingdom
JUN 20, 2014 - JUN 22, 2014
Surging Films & Theatrics
Chicago, IL United States
Surging Films & Theatrics Chicago, IL United States
MAY 11, 2012 - MAY 19, 2012
The Wrecking Crew
Seattle, WA United States
The Wrecking Crew Seattle, WA United States
JAN 22, 2010 - JAN 30, 2010
Headless Sullivan Theater
Geneva, NY United States
Headless Sullivan Theater Geneva, NY United States
SEP 19, 2008 - OCT 31, 2008
VS. Theatre
Burbank, CA United States
VS. Theatre Burbank, CA United States
MAR 07, 2008 - APR 06, 2008
Red Tape Theatre Company
Chicago, IL United States
Red Tape Theatre Company Chicago, IL United States
FEB 22, 2007 - MAR 11, 2007
Washburn University
Topeka, KS United States
Washburn University Topeka, KS United States
JAN 13, 2006 - JAN 15, 2006
Luna Stage
Montclair, NJ United States
Luna Stage Montclair, NJ United States
JUN 23, 2005 - JUL 16, 2005
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater
Wellfleet, MA United States
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater Wellfleet, MA United States
DEC 05, 2004 - DEC 31, 2004
The Magic Theater
San Francisco, CA United States
The Magic Theater San Francisco, CA United States
NOV 03, 2004 - NOV 30, 2004
The Culture Project at 45 Bleecker
New York, NY United States
The Culture Project at 45 Bleecker New York, NY United States
SEP 10, 2004 - SEP 30, 2004
59E59 Theaters
New York, NY United States
59E59 Theaters New York, NY United States
APR 15, 2004 - APR 30, 2004
Riverside Studios
London, United Kingdom
Riverside Studios London, United Kingdom
JAN 07, 2004 - JAN 31, 2004
The Soho Theatre
London, United Kingdom
The Soho Theatre London, United Kingdom
AUG 05, 2003 - AUG 31, 2003
The Pleasance Theatre
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The Pleasance Theatre Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Production Group
Location
JUN 23, 2005 - JUL 16, 2005
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater
Wellfleet, MA United States
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater Wellfleet, MA United States
DEC 05, 2004 - DEC 31, 2004
The Magic Theater
San Francisco, CA United States
The Magic Theater San Francisco, CA United States
NOV 03, 2004 - NOV 30, 2004
The Culture Project at 45 Bleecker
New York, NY United States
The Culture Project at 45 Bleecker New York, NY United States
SEP 10, 2004 - SEP 30, 2004
59E59 Theaters
New York, NY United States
59E59 Theaters New York, NY United States
APR 15, 2004 - APR 30, 2004
Riverside Studios
London, United Kingdom
Riverside Studios London, United Kingdom
JAN 07, 2004 - JAN 31, 2004
The Soho Theatre
London, United Kingdom
The Soho Theatre London, United Kingdom
AUG 05, 2003 - AUG 31, 2003
The Pleasance Theatre
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The Pleasance Theatre Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Awards (4)

Bay Area Circle Critics Best Touring Production (2004)

Herald Angel Award (2003)

Scotsman First of the Firsts (2003)

Scotsman Fringe First Award (2003)