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Helen's Most Favorite Day - Full Length Play

Helen's Most Favorite Day

Mark Dunn

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Full Length Play

2m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573632587

Be careful what you wish for... Love at "second sight" and a magic wish doom Helen to repeat the best day of her life ad infinitum, unless she can be rescued by those nearest and dearest to her in this romantic fantasy about love in three tenses, and dreams fulfilled and un. A gentle comedy wrapped in a beat-the-clock rollick, as science and logic take a back seat to the directives of the human heart.

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Description

Full Length Play

Fantasy, Romantic Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - The play is set in an unnamed city, perhaps in the American South, in late summer.The action takes place yesterday, today, a different yesterday, an even more different yesterday, a very different today, then a somewhat different but also somewhat familiar today. Tomorrow will be addressed in another play.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TAGS

Love

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Be careful what you wish for... Love at "second sight" and a magic wish doom Helen to repeat the best day of her life ad infinitum, unless she can be rescued by those nearest and dearest to her in this romantic fantasy about love in three tenses, and dreams fulfilled and un. Helen's Most Favorite Daytells the story of forty-four-year-old Helen for whom romantic love has been an infrequent caller. At a trip to the fairgrounds Helen is swept off her feet by a carnie named Jed who gives her one of the nicest, most special days of her life. He gives Helen another gift as well: a "wish" proffered to him by his friend, a mystic. Helen, playing along, "wishes" for the chance to repeat this special day forever. Her wish is granted. And with it comes the direst of unforeseen repercussions. Her family and friends rally to assist Helen by wishing themselves back to that same day from which they hope to extricate poor Helen, and to, in fact, save the universe. A gentle comedy wrapped in a beat-the-clock rollick, as science and logic take a back seat to the directives of the human heart.
Helen's Most Favorite Day was commissioned by the Community Theatre League in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, as part of the author's long association with this theatre through his playwright's residency there. It premiered on November 30, 2000. It was directed and designed by Tom Ryersbach.
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CASTING

2m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

HELEN — forty-four
RUTA — forty-two, Helen’s sister
LILY — mid to late forties; a fortune teller and mystic
JED — forty-four, a carnie
HERMAN — forty-three, possibly Ruta’s boyfriend
BOLIVIA — seventy-two, definitely Herman’s mother
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Mark Dunn

Mark Dunn

Mark Dunn is the author of over thirty full-length plays, with two of his one-acts and eleven of his full-lengths published in acting edition by Samuel French, Inc. His award-winning plays BELLES, FIVE TELLERS DANCING IN THE RAIN, NORTH FORK: A TEXAS TRAGICOMEDY and A DELIGHTFUL QUARANTINE have together been produced nearly 300 times throughout the world. Dunn writes largely for the amateur ... view full profile

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