Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - 1990s
Settings Of Play - The play is set, for the most part, in the present, during early fall of this year (note: the play was published in 1991 and producing theatre companies may wish to set it in the early 1990s). It covers a period of time from a few days before the first day of school to a few days after. Most of the action of the play takes place in Graceland Elementary School in the town of Springdale... which is most likely in Oklahoma.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
No Special Cautions
Appropriate for all audiences
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget
This totally delightful comedy by the author of Belles, is about what happens at Graceland Elementary School when a new teacher is hired. Penny who, shall we say, is minus some buttons, is a con artist. The victim of an autocratic school environment as a child, Penny appears to have dedicated her life to breathing some fresh air into the schoolroom, much to the consternation of principal Clarence Olander who looks out his office window one morning to see Penny's pupils throwing their desks out the window! Is Penny a complete lunatic or is she the only one at Graceland Elementary School with any sense whatsoever. Audiences of all ages are sure to delight in the antic comedy in this wonderful play.
Minus Some Buttons opened in New York City on October 11, 1990 at the Thirteenth Street Repertory Company. It was directed by Paul Michael.