Four-year-old Lucy lives in a very stressful world. Her mother is hardly around, the neighbor boy is depressed, and her babysitter would rather be anyplace else. Even Mr. Marmalade, her imaginary friend, is always too busy with other stuff to pay her any mind. His personal assistant pencils Lucy in as often possible but things just keep coming up. Things like his indulgent, destructive habits, and his inability to commit to anything other than himself. After her mother goes out one night, her relationship Mr. Marmalade takes a curious turn.
Mr. Marmalade includes frequent strong language, and aggressive adult content, including a scene of violence. It is not recommended for audiences under age 16.
Detroit-based playwright Noah Haidle is the recipient of the 2005 Helen Merrill Award for emerging playwrights, the 2007 Claire Tow Award, and three Lincoln Center Lecompte Du Nouy awards. He was also awarded an NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Grant.