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That Darn Plot - Full Length Play, Comedy

That Darn Plot

David Belke

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Full Length Play, Comedy

4m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573627798

That Darn Plot is a comedy about playwriting, rehearsals, rewriting and rehabilitating reality as well as a sympathetic look at a creative writer who is unable to connect with the people around him, including his only child.

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - The real and fictional world of Mark W. Transom, most notably his work area and the rehearsal hall of the Harvest Theatre in Edmonton Alberta, the present day.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Scene work

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

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Samuel French Canadian Playwrights Contest

Winner! 2000 Samuel French Canadian Playwriting Contest
Mark W. Transom, one of world's greatest playwrights, is at the end of his rope. In order to fulfill his contract to artistic director and old friend Jo Harber, he has to create a play in one night or lose everything. Half asleep and half drunk, Transom starts putting theatrical personalities he knows into a simple comedy about putting on a play. As the characters come to life before his eyes the play seems to be progressing well until, unbidden and without warning, Transom's son Lloyd appears as a character and the play takes on a life of its own. As the playwright struggles to maintain the upper hand, the out of control writing process brings him closer and closer to the heart of his estrangement with his son. Hilarious and heartfelt, That Darn Plot is a comedy about playwriting, rehearsals, rewriting and rehabilitating reality as well as a sympathetic look at a creative writer who is unable to connect with the people around him, including his only child.
THAT DARN PLOT was originally produced by Shadow Theatre at the 1998 Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival directed by James DeFelice.
Characters

CASTING

4m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

MARK W. TRANSOM - 50s-60s; playwright.
JO HARBER - 30s; Artistic Director of The Harvest Theatre; director of "The Cardboard Box" by Mark W. Transom.
GEOFFREY REGEANT - 40s-50s; actor playing Martin, the father part in "The Cardboard Box".
RUSSELL CROFT - 20s; actor playing Lorne, the son part in "The Cardboard Box".
IVY SCHREIVER - 20s; stage manager.
LLOYD TRANSOM - 30s; son of Mark W. Transom and representative of his estate, an electrical engineer.
Author
David Belke

David Belke

David Belke is an Edmonton, Alberta based writer who fills many different roles in the theatre world: performer, producer, designer, teacher, award winning playwright. His first full length play was produced for the 1990 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, the largest theatre festival in North America. Since then he has written a new play for each subsequent festival becoming one the ... view full profile

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Reviews
Timothy Hopp 12/4/2014 12:18 PM
This is one of my favorite scripts that we have produced.

The cast size is nearly perfect for our undersized stage.  The technical requirements for the script are minimal.  A modern play with a relatively bare stage.

What I really love about the script is the story itself and the multiple layers of story.  I always wondered if "That Darn Plot" was Lloyd's "Cardboard Box."  Audiences really enjoyed our production, and I think that starting with an excellent script helped us out tremendously.

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