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Minus Some Buttons - Full Length Play, Comedy

Minus Some Buttons

Mark Dunn

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Full Length Play, Comedy

3m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573692789

This totally delightful comedy by the author of Belles, is about what happens at Graceland Elementary School when a new teacher is hired.

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

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

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TAGS

Childhood

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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.
Characters

CASTING

3m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

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

CLARENCE OLANDER - mid- to late 40s, principal at Graceland Elementary School
MYRTLE DIXON - early to mid-40s, Clarence's administrative assistant
PENNY PATTERSON - early 30s, the new fourth-grade teacher at Graceland
RICHARD WINGFIELD - late 20s to early 30s, fourth-grade teacher at Graceland
DORIS CRUMLEY - late 20s to early 30s,fourth-grade teacher at Graceland
MS. DANLEY - 30s, Penny's own fourth-grade teacher
JULES RICHTER - 30s, superintendent of the Springdale City School System
VOICES - offstage voices of two children, Kevin and Beverly
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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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