BOOKTheresa RebeckCATEGORYPlayNUMBER OF ACTS2FIRST PRODUCED2006GENRESDrama, Dark ComedySETTINGSContemporary, Multiple Settings, Simple/No SetTIME & PLACEPhilip’s stamp store, a coffee shop, Jackie’s houseCAST SIZESmall
When her mother dies after an expensive illness and a lifetime of bad choices, tentative but tenacious young Jackie is left with a mound of debt. One glimmer of hope: a stamp collection, potentially valuable, is among her assets. Philip, the brusque and arrogant stamp dealer to whom she takes the collection, won’t even take a look without his $2000 fee. Charming Dennis, a former stamp collector and small-time grifter down on his luck, who just happens to be hanging out in Philip’s shop, is only too willing to look at Jackie’s collection. Discovering two Mauritius “Post Office” stamps, the “crown jewel of philately”, in the old album, he is overjoyed. Dennis assumes that unassuming Jackie will be easy to scam, and contacts Sterling, an incredibly rich and remorselessly violent “international businessman” who is an obsessive stamp fancier, promising him an easy purchase. Meanwhile Jackie, whose secret well of rage and resourcefulness makes her no-one’s “lamb”, runs into obstacles of her own: her educated, refined, estranged, much older half-sister, Mary, claims the stamp collection as her own — an inheritance from her paternal grandfather — and refuses to sell, citing it’s inherent spiritual and cultural value. Will Jackie change her luck and her life? Will Dennis let his increasing interest in Jackie interfere with his trickster persona? Will Philip’s ancient grudge against Sterling play a role? Theresa Rebeck’s Mauritius is a tightly paced, surprising comedic thriller, a look at a seedy and rarified world of philatelic subterfuge, with a dark center of family pain.
Mauritius premiered on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre on October 4, 2007, and closed November 25, 2007. This play marked the Broadway debut for Rebeck. The play was directed by Doug Hughes with scenic design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Catherine Zuber and lighting design by Paul Gallo in a Manhattan Theatre Club production.  Bobby Cannavale received a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play.
The play had its world premiere in Boston by the Huntington Theatre Company at the Boston Center for the Arts Calderwood Pavilion in October 2006. The play was directed by Rebecca Taichman and starred Marin Ireland as Jackie, Michael Aronov as Dennis, Robert Dorfman, Laura Latreille and James Gale as Sterling.
It was presented at Chicago’s Northlight Theatre from February 25 to April 5, 2009.