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Octopus - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

Octopus

Steve Yockey

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

5m

ISBN: 9780573663789

"A fiercely imaginative and finely tuned new voice... Smartly observed and blissfully performed" - San Francisco Chronicle
After young couple Kevin and Blake engage in an adventurous and hastily planned night of group sex with the older, more “experienced” Max and Andy, they are left trying to salvage their relationship

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Description

Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission, Special Effects

Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Opportunity for Spectacle

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language, Nudity/Partial Nudity

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage

After young couple Kevin and Blake engage in an adventurous and hastily planned night of group sex with the older, more “experienced” Max and Andy, they are left trying to salvage their relationship from a pummeling mix of jealousy, betrayal, telegrams from a soaking wet delivery boy and a ravenous sea monster from the ocean floor. This universal love story rendered through a post-modern gay lens slips from domestic comedy into a darkly fantastic fable examining the role and depth of commitment in relationships and what it really means to say the words “I love you.”

"A fiercely imaginative and finely tuned new voice... Smartly observed and blissfully performed... [Octopus'] tentacles tickle the funny bone, awake the mind and tug on the heart." - San Francisco Chronicle

"An evening full of arresting images... classic tragedy seen through a very contemporary ironic lens" - Marin Independent Journal

"This tale of two gay couples' group sex fling and its serious consequences arrives at a powerful statement about illness and love." - Variety

Octopus was first presented by Actor's Express Theatre Company with Artistic Director Freddie Ashley and Managing director Zak Topor at the King Plow Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 27, 2008. It was directed by Kate Warner. The play was subsequently presented in its West Coast Premiere by Encore Theatre Company with Artistic Director Lisa Steindler and Magic Theatre with Managing Director David Jobin at the Magic Theatre's Same Sehpard Theater in San Francisco, California on May 17, 2008. It was directed by Kate Warner.
Characters

CASTING

5m

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

All Male, Ensemble cast, Local Celebrity Cameo, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

KEVIN - a man, 20s, handsome, bright, rational, arrogant, reckless
BLAKE - a man, 20s, witty, innocence and care, maybe a bit hipster
MAX - a man, 30s, polished, but somewhat like a predatory cat
ANDY – a man, 40s, fit, confident, and suspending disbelief
TELEGRAM DELIVERY BOY - a younger man, an idea of youth, beauty and vitality all wrapped in a tight, snappy outfit; a slice of Americana; but there is something darker underneath
Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Steve Yockey

Steve Yockey

Steve Yockey is a Los Angeles based writer with plays produced throughout the country, Europe, and Asia. Afterlife, Octopus, Large Animal Games, CARTOON, Subculture, Very Still & Hard to See, The Fisherman’s Wife, and Wolves are published & available from Samuel French. Last season, Pluto opened in a National New Play Network rolling world premiere at Actor’s Express (Atlanta), Know ... view full profile

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Nathan Walden 1/20/2015 2:03 PM
Fascinating and challenging play.

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