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Monkey Monkey Bottle of Beer, How many Monkeys Have We Here? - Full Length Play, Drama

Monkey Monkey Bottle of Beer, How many Monkeys Have We Here?

Marsha Sheiness

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Full Length Play, Drama

1m, 6f

ISBN: 9780573612770

"A gallery of characters interestingly and richly observed." - The New York Times

This psychological mystery is set in the waiting room of a clinic where five mothers await word on the futures of their mentally retarded children. They have been given the opportunity to change their children into geniuses.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Mystery/Thriller

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - A Private Clinic - a plush waiting room in Act 1; a room of puzzles in Act 2.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Scene work, Competition or audition material

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Smoking

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

This psychological mystery is set in the waiting room of a clinic where five mothers await word on the futures of their retarded children. They have been given the opportunity to change their children into geniuses, and the play explores the hopes, fears and guilt of each woman. As the drama moves forward, the very nature of parent child love is examined.

"A gallery of characters interestingly and richly observed." - The New York Times

"Strong, serious theatre (from Sheiness) takes the stage with power and presence, tantilizing enigmatic, sharply detailed dialogue" - Cincinnati Enquirer

Monkey, Monkey, Bottle of Beer, How Many Monkeys Have We Here? had it's premiere production at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the park. It was directed by Harold Scott.
Characters

CASTING

1m, 6f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Roles for Children, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

NURSE (25-60) - Efficient, no-nonsense
MRS. EVANS (27-40) - Very reseved. Uses cutting humor as a defense against her emotions. Cautious about revealing her feelings, but when she does, she is warm and caring.
MRS. LUTHER (30-40) - An Immigrant from a patriarchal culture. Deeply religious. Has a strong sense of self, which is in conflict with her subservience to the men in her life.
MRS. AMBER (35-50) - Charming and gracious, and very insecure. Sincerely tries to be understood and understanding.
MRS. LEWIS (30-40) - Strong-willed and opioninated. She is impulsive, not premeditated. She is instinctually decent, and a good mother.
MRS. TODD (25-40) - She drinks too much. Her sense of humor hides her pain. She is sensitive, warm and friendly.
JOE (8-12) - He is warm and opens. He enjoys teaching and learning.

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Marsha Sheiness

Marsha Sheiness

Marsha Lee Sheiness is a playwright, director, actor and teacher whose work has been produced Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, on television, and in regional, community, university, and high school theatres across the US. She has also been produced in Japan, Canada and England. The 2011 Midtown International Theatre Festival presented her one-act comedy-drama, Lost and Found (nominated for ... view full profile

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