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The Power of Duff

Stephen Belber
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When TV anchor Charlie Duff begins to sign off each broadcast with a prayer, a growing crowd of believers becomes glued to their TV sets — wondering when their prayers will be answered. But what the prayers do — and don't do — to those closest to Duff tests the news anchor's own beliefs. Stephen Belber's sharp, funny, and moving play asks if there is anything more vital than the faith we have in one another.

Production Info

Cast: 8 total (2 female, 6 male, doubling, characters on video)
Full Length Drama (about 120 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“What happens when a TV anchor spontaneously ends his broadcast with a prayer? And what happens when those prayers, as impossible as some may seem, all begin to be answered? THE POWER OF DUFF … asks compelling questions, even if it can’t provide all the answers.” —Los Angeles Times

“Divine comedy offers miracles and laughter!” —The Hollywood Reporter

“Lively and intelligent time at the theater. At its best, it will stir debate, whether among theatergoers or deep within the individual hearts and minds of its audience.” —Los Angeles Daily News

“THE POWER OF DUFF is powerful stuff indeed.” —StageSceneLA

“[Belber’s] ability to look inside the hearts and souls of his characters always shines through even the most difficult situations. You will walk out questioning your own life and how you can change it for the betterment of yourself as well as all around you.” —Broadway World

About the Author


  • Stephen Belber

    Stephen Belber's plays have been produced on Broadway and in over 25 countries. They include MATCH (Broadway, Tony nom./Frank Langella), MCREELE (Roundabout), DUSK RINGS A BELL (Atlantic Theater), DON'T GO GENTLE (MCC), GEOMETRY OF FIRE (Rattlestick), THE POWER OF DUFF (Huntington/Geffen), TAPE (Naked Angels), THE MUSCLES IN OUR TOES (Labyrinth Theater), A SMALL MELODRAMATIC STORY (Labyrinth Theater), FAULT LINES (Naked Angels), ONE MILLION BUTTERFLIES (Primary Stages), and others. He was an Associate Writer on THE LARAMIE PROJECT and Co-writer on THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER. Upcoming: WE ARE AMONG US, (City Theater, Pittsburgh, world premiere). Belber has also written and directed two feature films, Management (Jennifer Aniston/Woody Harrelson) and Match (Patrick Stewart/Carla Gugino), and written the movies Tape (Ethan Hawke/Uma Thurman, directed by Richard Linklater), The Laramie Project (associate writer, HBO, Emmy nom. for writing), Drifting Elegant, and O.G. (Jeffrey Wright, HBO). Television credits include Law & Order SVU, Rescue Me, and pilots for HBO, F/X, USA, TNT, ABC, Fox, and History.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 5/25/2022
Pages 102
ISBN 9780881459227

Special Notes

Special Notes

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The Power of Duff is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC