Full-Length Play

The Fidelity Clause

A Play in Two Acts by William Ivor Fowkes

How secure can anyone feel in their marriage?


Owen Griffith, a famous playwright whose career is on the decline, has a rude awakening that forces him to question his assumptions about fidelity and infidelity.


LENGTH: 1 hour 50 minutes (plus intermission)

CAST3M, 3F (9 characters) 

SETTING: After an opening scene in Cleveland, OH, the play takes place entirely in Manhattan. 

TIME: 2014 and beyond.




2017: PUBLICATION: The Eddy, an online subscription service and repository of plays.

2017: READING, Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, Manhasset, NY.



The genesis of THE FIDELITY CLAUSE was a 10-minute play, THE BRAZILIAN DILEMMA (First Prize, McLean Drama Company, Washington DC, 2013; produced by The Collective NY, 2013 & 2015; published by The Collective NY, 2013), which was then produced as a film by Collective NY Films, screenplay by William Ivor Fowkes, (released on Amazon Prime Video, February 2019). The full-length play was developed at the Pulse Ensemble Theatre Playwrights' Lab in New York. A short excerpt, titled COFFEE BREAK, was presented in a podcast by Panglossian Productions, Williamsburg, VA, 2018, and in a staged reading at TAKE TEN: An Evening of 10-Minute Plays by the DGPG Writers at The Players Club, 2018. Another short excerpt, titled AN UBER IN THE RAIN, was presented in Zoom Productions by Turn Point Theatre, UK, 2020, and Anytime Players Ensemble, USA, 2021.