Play On!

by  Rick Abbot

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 7f

Perfect for any performing group, this is the hilarious story of a theatre group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 7f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Perfect for any performing group, this is the hilarious story of a theatre group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script. Act I is a rehearsal of the dreadful show, Act II is the near disastrous dress rehearsal, and the final act is the actual performance, in which anything that can go wrong, does. When the author decides to give a speech on the state of the modern theatre during the curtain calls, the audience is treated to a madcap climax and a thoroughly hilarious romp. Even the sound effects reap their share of laughter.
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Keywords

Love, Marriage

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day, Victorian (British and American)
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The Stage of a Community Theatre.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

3m, 7f
AGGIE MANVILLE - a stage manager and prompter.
GERALDINE "GERRY" DUNBAR - a community theatre director.
HENRY BENISH ("Lord Dudley") - a Character Actor.
POLLY BENISH ("Lady Margaret") - a Character Actress.
MARLA "SMITTY" SMITH ("Doris the maid") - a supporting player.
SAUL WATSON ("Doctor Rex Forbes") - a Villain.
BILLY CAREWE ("Stephen Sellers") -a Juvenile.
VIOLET IMBRY ("Diana Lassiter") - an Ingenue.
LOUISE PEARY - a sound-and-lighting-and-scenic technician.
PHYLLIS MONTAGUE - a novice playwright in the community.
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting

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Authors

Rick Abbot

Rick Abbot is one of several pen names for prolific playwright Jack Sharkey (1931-1992). Mr. Sharkey was born on May 6, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. He began writing when he was 10 years old. He graduated from college wi ...

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