The Banderscott

by  Pete Barry

Short Play, Dark Comedy  /  4m, 2f, 1m or f

An infomercial marketer is pitched an astonishing product.

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The Banderscott

by  Pete Barry

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 2f, 1m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

An infomercial marketer is pitched an astonishing product.

Selected for performance in the 32nd Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Festival.

Published in Accidents Happen, winner of the 2009 NJACT Perry Award for Outstanding Production of an Original Play.

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Keywords

Business, Death

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
    $75 with other plays in collection

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: Bob’s office. Present day.
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

4m, 2f, 1m or f
BOB HENDERSON
EILEEN
HARCOURT McALLISTER
DR. THINN
TERRY
WARREN
VARIOUS ASSISTANTS
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Cast Attributes

  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

Terry’s team can be composed of any number of members. The more, the funnier. If performed as a part of Accidents Happen, the cast of The Clive Way can enter with the rest of the team during the final confrontation, still fighting each other. Typically, the actor who plays Warren doubles as Eileen’s voice, though the part can be played by an offstage actress. In the Porch Room’s productions, we have never managed to get anything that looks like a live octopus, and suggest the closest possible substitute. We do not advocate using a real octopus. It will die, messily.

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Authors

Pete Barry

Pete Barry is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, actor, director and musician. His short plays have been published in numerous collections, including Accidents Happen  and Eric Lane's anthology Shorter, Faster, Funnier. Accidents Happen is published by Samuel French and won the 2009 NJACT Perry Award for Outsta ...

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The Banderscott was originally produced by The Porch Room in Burt Reynolds’ Amazing Napalm Powered Oven (And Other Paid Programming) in the 2001 New York Fringe Festival.

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