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O Lovely Glowworm

Glen Berger

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O LOVELY GLOWWORM is about the history of the world as perceived by a stuffed goat who remembers his life from his perch at the edge of a domestic trash heap behind a derelict cottage in rural Ireland, circa 1918. It’s an exploration of consciousness through a lens as myopic as Mr. Magoo’s, as slapstick as the Three Stooges, as intelligently raucous as the Marx Brothers, and as lyrical as the yearning Irish tenor of John McCormack. “It’s about how very small in the end we are — that seen in regard to the whole huge universe, we and our struggles are so endearingly pathetic it’s laughable.” —from Glen Berger’s Journal

Production Info

Cast: 6 total (2 female, 4 male)
Full Length Comedy (about 120 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“What if the great mind of our time belonged not to an inventor or historian, but a playwright? It’s a question prompted by each new work from former Seattle resident Glen Berger, who delivered the most literate — and funniest — play produced in Portland last season, Portland Center Stage’s O LOVELY GLOWWORM.” —Portland Tribune

“A wager: If Glen Berger isn’t one of the American theater scene’s most respected writers by the next decade, I’ll sit twice through every pretentious wank by every fringe playwright currently trying to emulate him. Berger has what most ambitious young artists would kill for: the ability to be off-the-chart unusual and still say something of universal resonance.” —Seattle Weekly

“Glen Berger’s work feels like what an entire generation of playwrights have been struggling to write.” —The Stranger, Seattle

“Along with Kushner and Stoppard, Berger is one of only a handful of playwrights of wit and vocabulary creating works of dramatic weight and size. Although they take political positions and tackle cosmic questions to which no one has the answers, these plays never abandon theatrical flair and entertainment value.” —Windy City Times, Chicago

“Berger is one of those today finding great humor in hardships, expanding and redefining tragedy, while claiming this form for a new generation.” —The Columbian, Portland

About the Author


  • Glen Berger

    Glen Berger's plays include UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL (more than 450 performances off Broadway; several Best Play awards; more than 200 productions; translated into eight languages), O LOVELY GLOWWORM (2005 Portland Drammy Award for Best Script), and GREAT MEN OF SCIENCE, NOS. 21 & 22 (1998 Ovation Award and L A Weekly Award for Best Play). His television credits include two Emmy Awards (twelve total nominations) and more than 150 episodes for children's series, including Arthur (P B S), Peep (Discovery/The Learning Channel), Big and Small (B B C), and Fetch (P B S), for which he was head writer for all five of its seasons. Berger was the co-bookwriter for SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK on Broadway, directed by Julie Taymor, with music by Bono and Edge of U2. He wrote a book of that experience — Song of Spider-Man — which was published by Simon & Schuster in 2013. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 12/1/2006
Pages 96
ISBN 9780881452907

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 Portland Center Stage

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