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
No Special Cautions
Appropriate for all audiences
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 unfulfilled. 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, to extricate her 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.