Puffs, a comedy play set at a familiar school of magic, has announced complete recoupment of its initial Off-Broadway investment and production costs accrued by the 2018 filmed production Puffs: Filmed Live Off-Broadway. Written by Matt Cox, the parody is one of the most produced plays in the United States.
Said Cox, "I will forever be astounded by the sheer number of people across the country who have shared our little show's story and message. Puffs was originally created by a bunch of friends with the hope that we might run for three weeks at a comedy theatre. Across the play's journey to Off-Broadway, movie theatres, schools, and communities all across the world, that sense of camaraderie and joy has stayed with it. I love hearing about the special bonds forged by each production's cast, often with remarks that no show has brought people together quite like Puffs. Knowing there are now more people in the world running around crowded backstage areas dressed as wizards fills me with a true sense of accomplishment."
Originally directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker, Puffs, Or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School, of Magic and Magic follows the overlooked students of the “Puff” house. While Harry Potter was off battling evil, plenty of budding witches and wizards were just trying to find their place in the world, and now their story is told.
Puffs opened July 17, 2017, at New World Stages, having previously started at Peoples Improv Theater in 2015 and a subsequent transfer to the Elektra Theater. The play also premiered in Melbourne, Australia, in May of 2018. The Off-Broadway production closed in NYC August 18, 2019.