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Karlaboy - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Karlaboy

Steven Peros

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

6m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573697241

"Steven Peros' intriguing play is a well wrought tale of love and loss, set against the sweeping background of the golden era of Hollywood...while the characters are fictional, they take on a life of their own and end up eerily reminiscent and real...Karlaboy could rightly take its place among the more innovative and involving productions currently on the Los Angeles theatre scene" - Drama-Logue

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Mystery/Thriller, Period

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1990s, 1950s

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Gun Shots, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre

Winner! 1994 Drama-Logue Critics Award, Outstanding Achievement in Writing
Biographer Bill Lauder has penned a ruthless tell-all about Karla Daven, a long dead legendary 1950's starlet. As a result, he is summoned in the middle of the night to the dilapidated mansion of Karla's celebrity husband, Harold Bachman, a reclusive director who makes the outlandish claim that Karla's ghost has threatened to kill him this very night unless Bill calls off the publication of his tawdry book of lies.

What follows is an intense evening where memory wrestles with myth in order to find the truth. As Harold gets deeper into exposing Bill's lies about Karla, he is forced to confront the lies he's told himself – lies about himself as a filmmaker, a husband, and as a man. Harold must not only save himself from Karla's ghost, but from the ghosts of an unrealized life.

In addition to being an absorbing psychological ghost story, Karlaboy is an important, non-graphic exploration of LGBT issues in its fascinating dissection of a high profile Hollywood "marriage of convenience."
"Steven Peros' intriguing play is a well wrought tale of love and loss, set against the sweeping background of the golden era of Hollywood... while the characters are fictional, they take on a life of their own and end up eerily reminiscent and real...Karlaboy could rightly take its place among the more innovative and involving productions currently on the Los Angeles theatre scene" - Drama-Logue

"A wonderful experience...What rings through this fascinating play is the brilliant dialogue. Steven Peros has an ear for dialogue of this type - highly intelligent, witty and on the mark. You'll see many a show before you come across talk this stimulating." - The Tolucan 

1994 - Actors Circle Theatre, West Hollywood, California - Love Swing Productions, LLC

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CASTING

6m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors

CASTING NOTES

Karlaboy was written to have the role of “Harold Bachman”, young and old, portrayed by one actor, very much like “Salieri” – young and old - was played by one actor in the stage version of Amadeus by Peter Shaffer. However, permission is granted to cast two separate actors in the role.

HAROLD BACHMAN — 65; a movie director and screenwriter, retired for over 35 years. In recall, he is in his 20s. In some productions, the same actor has played both roles, ala Salieri in Amadeus.
KARLA DAVEN — 20s; a lovely actress with star quality. Karla should not be costumed or made-up to recall any one specific famous movie star.
BILL LAUDER — 30s; a journalist.
TONY — 20s-30s; a good-looking movie star-in-training.
STUDIO BOSS — 40s-60s; head of the unnamed major studio to which Harold and Karla are under contract.
ENSEMBLE OF THREE — Made up of 2 men and 1 woman. The Ensemble plays the following roles: First Male Voice, Second Male Voice, Third Male Voice, Assistant, Olga, Olga’s Partners, Super Mogul, Party Guests, Yes Man #1, Yes Man #2, Gowned Actress, Reporter #1, Reporter #2, Reporter #3, Sydney Bachman, Bill’s Agent.

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Steven Peros

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