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The Secret Life of Seagulls - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

The Secret Life of Seagulls

Henry Meyerson

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573697265

Anne and Don, married ten years, are on vacation in Florida. The Secret Life Of Seagulls follows four humans and several seagulls as they attempt to define themselves, their lives, relationships and values.

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Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - The play is mostly set at the beach, so a couple of beach chairs, an umbrella and small table are needed.  A smaller portion of the play is set in a small bar;  two chairs and a table are needed.  At the beach, costuming should be bathing attire; at the bar, golfing attire.  The sounds of waves and seagulls would be helpfull.


Exterior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set


No Special Cautions




Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Anne and Don, married ten years, are on vacation in Florida. As the play begins, Anne is inanely chattering on about beaches, seagulls and garbage dumps. Don, fed up with Anne's incessant chatter, walks away leaving Anne, much to her surprise, sitting on the beach alone. Don has gone to visit his friend Jim, a man of little insight but great obsession about golf, to tell him that he has left Anne. Jim, in turn, has just returned from a golfing vacation to discover his wife, Sandy, has apparently left him. George, a seagull who lives a contented life with his wife, Ethel, on the Staten Island landfill, has just arrived on the Florida beach and meets Fred, a seagull without ties but with a dark past. The Secret Life Of Seagulls follows these four humans and Fred as they attempt to define themselves, their lives, relationships and values. George, the Staten Island seagull, however, is quite content being who he is.


2m, 2f


Non-Traditional casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)


While ideally it would be best to find some seagulls who can speak the native language, until then, it might be best to double some of the existing cast.

ANNE - wears attire suitable for the beach through-out the play: bathing-suit, sun-glasses, hat, sandals; although she is at times wistful and introspectively sad, there is also a sense of youthfulness
DON - married to Anne; wears beach attire opening and last scene, otherwise, casual; tends toward the taciturn, but also can seem vulnerable; close friends with Jim
JIM - friends with Don; attire indicates he spends a lot of time on the golf course; shows youthful enthusiasm when discussing golf with Don, otherwise angry and defensive with his wife
SANDY - married to Jim, close friend of Anne; in beach attire when with Anne, casual attire when with Jim; as opposed to her friend Anne, Sandy tends to view the world through jaundiced eyes
FRED - a seagull; you can tell by his feathers or any other device to indicate “seagullness”
GEORGE - another seagull, same age as Fred
ETHEL - george’s wife (she’s expecting)
FRED, JR. - son of George and Ethel (named after Fred)
MABEL - a seagull looking for prospects

All Seagull roles may be doubled by the four human characters.

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Henry Meyerson

Henry Meyerson's publications with Samuel French include the full-lengths Beware the Man Eating Chicken, Shtick, and The Secret Life of Seagulls; and the short-play collections Fresh Brewed: Tales from The Coffee Bar and Proceed to Check-Out. Other publications include the one-act Tech Support, published by Smith & Kraus who also re-print portions of The Secret Life of Seagulls ... view full profile

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