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FUBAR - Full Length Play, Drama


Karl Gajdusek

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Full Length Play, Drama

3m, 2f, 1boy(s)

ISBN: 9780573697920

"A writer for Showtime's Dead Like Me, Gajdusek has a TV scripter's flair for snappy dialogue, but he also has a much rarer talent for deep characterization and empathy, even when dealing with his most contemptible characters." — Variety

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Full Length Play


90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - The living room of a San Francisco Victorian house. The room is filled with cardboard boxes, labeled somewhat cryptically by hand: “Virginity”, “Bad Celebrations”, “People I want to forget.” Set on top of a pile, two boxes: “For Mary.” “For David.” Mary and David have been here for two months, camped out, living out of suitcases.


Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Drugs, Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language




College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


From Off-Broadway

Mary and David, camped out amidst the boxes her abused mother left behind, are unpacking a small San Francisco apartment. Outside, people self-actualize like crazy, riding the bubble. When Mary herself is the victim of an unprovoked act of violence, it leads the pair down different paths of addiction and realization: one to the violence itself, one to the abuse of cat tranquilizers. Meanwhile, Richard is a benevolent drug dealer working on his book while Sylvia wants to use the internet to double her life. Drugs are consumed, David is tempted, Mary's anger rises, and a gun is found among the house's boxed possessions, as the mood spirals into delirium. FUBAR is the story of four people trying to recognize the people they are becoming in a time that's totally F.U.B.A.R. (F*cked up Beyond All Recognition).

"A writer for Showtime's Dead Like Me, Gajdusek has a TV scripter's flair for snappy dialogue, but he also has a much rarer talent for deep characterization and empathy, even when dealing with his most contemptible characters. — Variety

"The dot-com bubble — well, its splintered psyches — are the subject of the feverish FUBAR, an engrossing evocation of a time (the turn of the millennium) and a place (San Francisco, awash in Web money, pharmaceutical acronyms and online sexual encounters)....the play rings true in feeling if not in plausibility...Mr. Gajdusek has a gift for the humorous moment...the production pulses like an all-night Ecstasy-fueled rave...FUBAR, leaves you with a decent buzz." — The New York Times

FUBAR received its world premiere at Theater of Note in Los Angles, California, on April 24, 2009. The play was directed by Larissa Kokernot. The play was subsequently presented by Project  Y Theater Company at 59E59 in New York City on June 17, 2009, with the same director.


3m, 2f, 1boy(s)


Non-Traditional casting


Although race is not specified here, a production should take into consideration the diversity of San Francisco and the opportunities of a diverse cast. Some of the characters in the play partake of intricate mixes of recreational drugs. The effect is in some ways the polar opposite of the slurred or spaced-out mannerism associated with being drunk or stoned. Best played very unaffected, or in careful, educated changes of manner.

MARY - Mid-thirties. Doctor. Carries the silence of someone who grew up in another’s shadow. Her mother recently took her own life, so the shadow’s gone. But Mary is still quiet.
DAVID - Early thirties. Mary’s husband. Exec at a nameless internet firm. Had a big exciting kick-ass plan about how this was all supposed to work. This plan should be starting any day now.
RICHARD - Mid-thirties. Charismatic, intelligent, drug-dealer. David’s old friend.
SYLVIA - Late twenties. Beautiful San Francisco denizen. Outgoing and adventurous. Trying to have the biggest life possible.
D.C. - Late thirties. Boxer, retired. Old school. Lives in a different San Francisco from the others.
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