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Oren Safdie
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Inspired by sexual harassment allegations brought against a nationally known clothing company, UNSEAMLY focuses its attention on an industry that has become synonymous for pushing the boundaries on sexuality while inflaming debates as to what is socially acceptable.

Production Info

Cast: 3 total (1 female, 2 male)
Full Length Drama (about 90 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
Categories: ,

Press Quotes

“UNSEAMLY is a Mamet-style satire staged at hurtling velocity … Smart, fast, filthy and funny!” —Wall Street Journal

“A Rashomon about sexual harassment, Oren Safdie’s thought-provoking UNSEAMLY is about the elusive, selective nature of memory.” —New York Times (Critics’ Pick)

“The word ‘fun’ seems to be an odd choice for describing a play about sexual harassment. Gloriously dramatized, the whole evening takes on a biting, darkly comic edge, taking us on a wild and merry carnival ride.” —Talkin’ Broadway

“Safdie’s he-said, she-said drama is thrilling, haunting and magical … Just when you think you have it all figured out, he hurls a curveball.” —Theater in the Now

“Unseamly is a furious, filthy, and fascinating look into media manipulation, the process of spin, and the consequence of salacious action … Smart, engaging, and thoughtful.” —Manhattan Digest

“UNSEAMLY is a daring, thought-provoking play that speaks to a malaise of our times.” —Montreal Gazette

“[In] Oren Safdie’s provocative new play UNSEAMLY, you don’t know what or whom to believe. The material is powerful and timely, and never lets the audience off the moral hook.” —Rover Arts

“Nothing is black and white in this piece and it’s this vast gray area that makes the play so provocative … Thoughtful, well-written, it circles around in your brain long after you’ve left the theatre.” —Bloody Underrated

“Engaging … Dynamic … With much laughter … I do recommend that you see this play and witness a side that you might not have been aware of in the fashion industry.” —Mobtreal

“If art is all about the audience’s emotional reaction, UNSEAMLY is an undeniable success … Intense and gut-felt.” —Montreal Rampage

“UNSEAMLY is an absolutely extraordinary piece of truth.” —Montreal 157

“Troubling, especially frank and terribly human, in UNSEAMLY, the victim is not a victim, the executioner is not an executioner and the hero is not a hero. The text of Safdie is extremely rich, devoid of artifice, and deals with a contemporary issue reflecting sexism and hierarchy that exist in most companies and where young women, particularly immigrant, too often lose.” —Le Delit

About the Author


  • Oren Safdie

    Oren Safdie attended the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University before turning his attention to playwriting. After receiving his MFA — also from Columbia — he was awarded a Woolrich Fellowship, which he used to launch The West End Gate Theatre on New York’s Upper West Side. He was a playwright-in-residence at La MaMa E.T.C., and helmed the Malibu Stage Co. where his Off-Broadway/London hit PRIVATE JOKES, PUBLIC PLACES first debuted. His next play, THE LAST WORD, also moved Off-Broadway, starring two-time Emmy Award-winner Daniel J. Travanti. Other productions include GRATITUDE, MR. GOLDBERG GOES TO TEL AVIV, FALSE SOLUTION, CHECKS & BALANCES, THE BILBAO EFFECT, musicals WEST BANK, UK, JEWS & JESUS and FIDDLER SUB-TERRAIN with Ronnie Cohen, and LA COMPAGNIE, which he developed into a half-hour pilot for Castle Rock/CBS. As a screenwriter, Oren scripted the film You Can Thank Me Later starring Ellen Burstyn, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Newport Film Festival; and the Israeli film Bittersweet, which played the Jerusalem and Montreal World Film Festivals. Oren has written for and contributed to Metropolis, Dwell, Beyond, The Forward, Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel, The Algemeiner, The New Republic and The National Post. He is also the recipient of numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, The John Golden Foundation, and The Graham Foundation. Oren has taught playwriting and screenwriting at the University of Miami and Douglas College in Vancouver.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 10/10/2017
Pages 80
ISBN 9780881457308

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:

UNSEAMLY was produced by Infinithéâtre (Guy Sprung, Artistic Director) in Montreal, Quebec, opening in February 2014.

UNSEAMLY received its American premiere by Urban Stages Off-Broadway in New York City (Frances Hill, Producing Artistic Director; Peter Napolitano, Associate Producer) in October 2015.

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


Upcoming and Recent Productions


6/1/2018 – 6/3/2018
Luna Stage
West Orange, NJ