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Buddy Cop 2 - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

Buddy Cop 2

Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen, Oliver Butler

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573699313

Written by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen
Developed by Oliver Butler

"Set in the 1980s, this downtown gem, full of minor-key revelations and offhand epiphanies, roots its quirky charm in an earnest and surprising realism." -The New York Times


In this comedic action/mystery of holiday nostalgia and athletic rigor, when a flood destroys the police station, the local cops set up shop in the nearby community center. Mysteries emerge. Criminals are chased. Racquetball is played. In this town, nothing is what it seems...or is it?

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Description

Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

Mystery/Thriller

60 minutes (1 hour)

Time Period - 1980s

Settings Of Play - The small town of Shandon, Indiana; 1982. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

Two cops... in the kind of quiet little town where a kid dreams of growing up to be a fireman. Or a racecar driver. Where the only question you ask yourself at the end of the day is if you're gonna knock back your cold one at Swanky's, Spanky's, or Zingers. A town where neighbors pitch in to help neighbors in need, and where if you wake up in the middle of the night...you should keep your eyes closed. Because the man in red is there in the corner. Watching you. Smiling at you with his yellow eyes and black teeth. Best to pretend you're still asleep. In this comedic action/mystery of holiday nostalgia and athletic rigor, when a flood destroys the police station, the local cops set up shop in the nearby community center. Mysteries emerge. Criminals are chased. Racquetball is played. In this town, nothing is what it seems... or is it?


REVIEWS

"Set in the 1980s, this downtown gem, full of minor-key revelations and offhand epiphanies, roots its quirky charm in an earnest and surprising realism. This charming, offbeat play from the Debate Society of Brooklyn is sneakily funny, but not at the expense of its characters, mumbling sweeties who play bingo, collect beer cans, and take pride in their work. " -The New York Times

"Packed with nonchalant theatrics and smoldering intensity. Bos, Thureen, and Butler have woven an accomplished yarn." –Back Stage

"Wistful and sweet and uncanny. The delightful, oddly delicate Buddy Cop 2 is steeped in Christmas cheer. FOUR STARS. Critics' Pick." –Time Out New York

"Wonderfully entertaining. Funny, Charming, and perfectly pitched." – NYTheatre. com


Buddy Cop 2 was originally produced by The Debate Society in association with the Ontological-Hysteric Incubator at the Ontological Theater at Saint Mark's Church, and opened on May 20, 2010. The performance was directed by Oliver Butler. 
Characters

CASTING

2m, 2f

CASTING NOTES

BRANDI and SKYLAR are to be played by the same actress. May be played by either an adult or a child.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

DARLENE NOVAK – Female Police Officer (late 20's to early 30's)
TERRY OLSEN – Male Police Officer (mid to late 30's)
DON McMURCHIE – Male Police Officer (40-ish)
SKYLAR – Very frail 12 year-old girl
BRANDI – 13 year-old girl. Governor's daughter

Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author(s)
Hannah Bos

Hannah Bos

Hannah Bos (writer/performer) was recently seen in the premiere of Will Eno’s The Open House at the Signature Theatre Company (Lortel nom.,Featured Actress; Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Ensemble). Hannah is a founding member and co-Artistic Director of The Debate Society, an Obie Award winning Theater Company. She has co-written and starred in all of the company’s plays: Jacuzzi (Ars Nova), Blood ... view full profile

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Paul Thureen

Paul Thureen

Paul Thureen is a founding member and co-Artistic Director of The Debate Society, co-writing and starring in A Thought About Raya, The Snow Hen, You’re Welcome, The Eaten Heart, Cape Disappointment, Detroit and Buddy Cop 2. Recent New York and international performances include Hostage Song, Clay McLeod Chapman’s The Pumpkin Pie Show at P.S. 122, One Year Lease’s tour of Oresteia in Athens and ... view full profile

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Oliver Butler

Oliver Butler

Oliver is a founding member and co-Artistic Director of The Debate Society and has directed and toured with the company. In New York Mr. Butler has directed the world premieres of The Lapsburgh Layover, Buddy Cop 2, Cape Disappointment, Goodbye New York Goodbye Heart, The Eaten Heart, The Snow Hen, Red-Haired Thomas, Hostage Song, A Thought About Raya, You’re Welcome, and Christmas with the ... view full profile

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Reviews
Zachary Hollwedel 4/27/2013 10:23 AM
A racquetball court for a police station and Christmas in August are but the tip of the iceberg for the peculiarities that Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen weave into this strange and sinister yarn. Don, Darlene, and Terry, a trifecta of somewhat bored, somewhat tightly wound police officers, have a subtle, soft-spoken, at times snappy lingo of their own, molded off a Mid-Western tongue. Due to some recent developments in town, they’ve had to relocate their public safety and crime prevention endeavors to the local community center. The explanation for why they play racquetball in their police headquarters is more of an afterthought than anything, and the expectation is that, if you’re there with them, you’re along for the ride.

Bos and Thureen write in a style that assumes a suspension of disbelief and a willingness to accept what they’re presented. An evil man in red who is watching over the town, threatening something dark and evil to come; underlying tensions between the police officers; children afraid to go to sleep. Buddy Cop 2 hints at a lot, Whether Bos and Thureen effectively tie it all together is up for debate, but certain aspects of the play are not. It’s a given that the set described is an exciting, unique vision with high potential. When brought to life as they envision, it can provide for an experience rarely had in theatre and is undoubtedly a character in itself. The titular cops are engaging in their banter and relationships and certainly worth following. The play isn’t perfect, but where it lacks consistency, it makes up for with innovation.

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