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Cartoon (Yockey) - Full Length Play, Comedy

Cartoon (Yockey)

Steve Yockey

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Full Length Play, Comedy

5m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573663833

"Fast-paced, funny, and drenched in pop culture. If you see only one play about cartoon characters killing each other this year, make it this one." - East Bay Express
"The play slowly reveals itself as being more than just a wacky comedy about violence in the media... it speaks to a deeper, darker truth about people's ability to turn on one another without visualizing the cost of that betrayal. It is in these moments that Cartoon shines." - TheatreForum Magazine
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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Fantasy, Parody / Spoof, Commedia del Arte

75 Minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Audience Participation/Interactive, Mime, No intermission, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music, Puppetry, Stage Combat, Special Effects

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

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes

CAUTIONS

Drugs, Gun Shots, Intense Adult Themes, Smoking

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Join the exploits of a band of mismatched cartoon stereotypes on a wild ride through this animated world, Presented in the style of a Commedia dell’Arte scenario gone berserk, Cartoon is a devilishly violent social commentary that explores the rapid coalescence of media, politics and consumer giants. A young, idealistic upstart named Trouble steals the giant hammer that Esther, the bratty dictator, uses to maintain a monotonous but peaceful order. Chaos ensues. Bombs explode. Puppets are set free. Anime girls fight. And as the bodies pile up, the violence begins to creep off the stage and into the audience. There’s nothing like a punch in the face to really get the blood moving.

"Fast-paced, funny, and drenched in pop culture. If you see only one play about cartoon characters killing each other this year, make it this one." - East Bay Express

"Yockey's piece plays like an Eastern European communist-era political comedy, with farce and cruelty artfully intermingled to create horrifying situations... whose frequent leaps from cartoony cuteness to over-the-top violence are both shocking and hilarious." - LA Weekly

"Cartoon poses profound questions with every laugh... it will leave you thinking and discussing the play for the remainder of the evening." - Backstage

"At its core, Cartoon is a response to society, to violence, to corrupt leadership, and to twisted romance..." - TheatreForum Magazine

"The play slowly reveals itself as being more than just a wacky comedy about violence in the media... it speaks to a deeper, darker truth about people's ability to turn on one another without visualizing the cost of that betrayal. It is in these moments that Cartoon shines." - TheatreForum Magazine

Characters

CASTING

5m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Cross gender casting, Drag performance, Room for Extras

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

TROUBLE - A cute, mischievous young man.
ESTHER - A bossy little girl with an old- fashioned microphone, a bad temper and a big imagination.
WINSTON PUPPET - A puppet with strings.
SUITOR - A hopeful boy clown.
DAMSEL - A bashful girl clown.
YUMI - A mischievous Anime school girl.
AKANE - A mischievous Anime school girl.
ROCKSTAR - A heartthrob giant stuffed animal with imposing claws.
VOLUNTEER - A hapless volunteer pulled from the audience.
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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