Very Special Needs
Other Plays by Paul Rudnick
Rudnick, Paul (American playwright, novelist, screenwriter, 19__-____), “Very Special Needs,”
a __-minute comedy in English from Paul Rudnick’s 90-minute trilogy Rude Entertainment, set in _____U. S. A., ____,
© 2001 by Paul Rudnick;
• in Paul Rudnick’s Rude Entertainment (New York: The Author, 2001);
• script/rights available from Paul Rudnick, through the Drama Department, Inc., 630 9th Avenue, Suite 214, New York City, New York, 10036, U.S.A., telephone 212-541-8299.
Timmy (m), sentimental, a Manhattan men’s-wear designer; Trent (m), the more realistic, a cutting-edge architect; Katinka (f), thirtysomething, their adoptee.
“Timmy wants to adopt a child with special needs to show they’re not just selfish and shallow. ‘A baby can solve everything,’ he explains. ‘Look at Mitchell and Todd. They have never been happier ever since they adopted that perfect little girl from Honduras.’ ‘She’s their housekeeper!’ Trent protests. Unfortunately, their adopted one, Katinka, turns out to be a maladjusted peasant from Slovakia pretending to be an adorable child. But Katinka is really the thirtysomething head of the adoption agency whose special needs are tender, loving care and a great apartment. ‘Are you on medication?’ a suspicious Trent asks her after a while. ‘Not yet,’ Katinka replies.”–Martyrs, Saints and Queens: Rudnick’s Rude Entertainment | The New York Observer, http://origin.observer.com/node/45059, accessed April 24, 2008.
• Premiered at the Greenwich House Theater, 27 Barrow Street, Greenwich Village, New York City, New York, U.S.A., August 31-October 21, 2001.
• “In its mad, farcical way, ‘Very Special Needs’ is a comic portrait of desperation. But Mr. Rudnick’s surface of things suit it better.”–Martyrs, Saints and Queens.
• Reviewed by Ben Brantley, “Theatre Review: Politically Incorrect and Proud to Show It,” in The New York Times, Thursday, October 4, 2001, E5.
• Research could include Playbill News: Rudnick's The New Century Arrives at Lincoln Center Theater March 20, http://www.playbill.com/news/article/116066.html, accessed April 21, 2008.
adoption, adult child, epigram, family, gay adoption, homosexuality, parent-child relationship, parenthood.