Louie & Ophelia

Gus Edwards
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Romance in middle age can be complicated while balancing children, ex-spouses, jobs, and ambitions. In this charming tale, a working-class couple falls in love and struggles to maintain a relationship without giving up their old dreams, habits and commitments. Ophelia is a go-getter and fiercely devoted to the idea that her children become professionals, while Louie is a gregarious family man who just wants to build a home. The play paints a real, gently humorous portrait of contemporary love and its trials.

Production Info

Cast: 2 total (1 female, 1 male)
Full Length Comedy (about 90 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“… among the many virtues of Gus Edwards’ charming two-character comedy, LOUIE AND OPHELIA, is the fact that it honors that complexity through its thoughtful insights into contemporary relationships. While serving up plenty of witty dialogue, Edwards’ play never sacrifices emotional honesty for cheap laughs … Loosely positioned as a kind of black LOVE LETTERS, the snappy formula could easily lend itself to an ongoing run with rotating celebrity casts … a thoroughly convincing arc from their characters’ first meeting in a bar to their conflicts over how — or if — they can fit their lives together. Though some of their issues talk to the context of an African American couple, both portraits are refreshingly free of caricature, and resonate with the passions and foibles of the human condition … a dignity to these characters’ struggle that underscores the primary importance of personal integrity and responsibility in every relationship.” —Philip Brandes, Los Angeles Times

About the Author


  • Gus Edwards

    Gus Edwards is an Afro-Caribbean dramatist and writer. His plays have been produced by Negro Ensemble Company of New York and throughout the United States. He is also a director and educator. He has written several books addressing the concerns of African American theatre and is a tenured faculty member of Arizona State University's theatre department, where he teaches film and theatre studies.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 12/8/2021
Pages 88
ISBN 9780881459050

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:

LOUIE & OPHELIA was first performed in
May 1986 by the Negro Ensemble Company.

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