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Kenny Finkle
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In this unabashedly sentimental comedy, a cat named Samantha has just started living with a guy named Shuman who she believes is her true love. At first everything seems to be going great. Samantha can't get enough of Shuman, and she can't get enough of him. But soon Samantha realizes that Shuman doesn't always seem to understand her. Worse yet, Shuman doesn't always seem all that interested in trying to understand her. Things become truly problematic when one night Oscar, a sexy alley cat, shows up at the door. Suddenly Samantha begins to wonder whether she's an indoor or an outdoor cat. To make matters more complicated, a quirky aspiring cat therapist named Matilda inserts herself into the mix, thinking she can solve everyone's problems but only seems to make things worse. Eventually Samantha finds herself on a journey, both physical and emotional, that leads her to discover what having a home and being loved really mean to her. INDOOR/OUTDOOR is an allegory about the difficulties and joys of all manner of relationships.

Production Info

Cast: 4 total (2 female, 2 male)
Full Length Comedy (about 100 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“Genuine kindness — the type that isn’t coated in mawkishness or undercut with irony — is about as rare in the theater as a talking cat. Kenny Finkle’s INDOOR/OUTDOOR has both … it’s the improbably story of a kitten who follows the path of so many heroes by leaving home to find herself. It is also a clever, big-hearted comedy that makes it easy to feel good. Finkle gives his central characters rich detail, letting comedy arise naturally from their interactions. More than making jokes, he’s crafting a story. INDOOR/OUTDOOR is less about cats than about glorious, permanent love.” —Mark Blankenship, Variety

“… What a wonderful treat … to discover … a refreshing and clever play made more, well, ‘purrrrfect’ … Finkle’s story offers a crafty humor and a few lessons in life to be gleaned from it, proving it ultimately touched by a poet …” —Travis Michael Holder, Backstage

“Samantha is a cat with a story to tell. It’s a good story — poignant, witty and even a little wacky at times. And though it’s a cat’s story, it’s human at its core, which makes Kenny Finkle’s new play INDOOR/OUTDOOR so enjoyable …” —David Cameron, The Ithaca Journal

About the Author


  • Kenny Finkle

    Kenny Finkle's plays include INDOOR/OUTDOOR (Off-Broadway @ DR2, SPF, Trinity Rep, Portland Stage, Hangar Theatre) ALIVE AND WELL (Old Globe, Virginia Stage Company), PENELOPE OF ITHACA (Hangar Theatre), TRANSATLANTICA (Flea Theatre, Operating Theatre Company), A THOUSAND YEARS (FIU Theatre Festival), JOSH KEENAN COMES OUT TO THE WORLD (high school tour — Hangar Theatre), SYD ARTHUR (Keen Company/Keen Teens). INDOOR/OUTDOOR and PENELOPE OF ITHACA, A THOUSAND YEARS are published by Broadway Play Publishing. ALIVE AND WELL and TRANSATLANTICA will be published by BPPI in 2015. INDOOR/OUTDOOR is also published in Smith and Kraus' "Best Plays of 2006" anthology. SYD ARTHUR is published by Samuel French. He is a recipient of a NYFA fellowship, a NYSCA grant, was awarded University of Illinois' Inner Voices prize and has received commissions from Ford's Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Theatreworks, USA, Canton Theatricals, Matt Murphy Productions, Keen Company and the Hangar Theatre among others. He received his MFA from Columbia University's Playwriting Program and his BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He is an Adjunct Professor of Theatre at Marymount Manhattan College as well as a Teaching Artist for the DreamYard Project in the Bronx. Finkle is working on a graphic novel musical experience for audiences of 3 entitled U R STAR. The piece has been work-shopped at the Orchard Project and will continue development this fall at A.R.T in Cambridge.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 2/1/2007
Pages 76
ISBN 9780881453300

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

Originally produced by The Hangar Theater, Ithaca NY
Subsequently produced in NYC in the Summer Play Festival of 2005
and then at the DR2 Theater

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Indoor/Outdoor is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


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