Owl

by  Cleve Haubold

Short Play, Comedy  /  2m, 1f

A soft spoken man wanders into a pet shop to buy an owl. The poor guy is ignored and bullied by the receptionist, then subjected to the outrageous sales pitch by the peculiar Dr. Hollyhock, who tries to persuade Ben that owls are only a popular superstition. As his frustration grows, Ben slowly turn…

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Fantasy

Additional Info

A soft spoken man wanders into a pet shop to buy an owl. The poor guy is ignored and bullied by the receptionist, then subjected to the outrageous sales pitch by the peculiar Dr. Hollyhock, who tries to persuade Ben that owls are only a popular superstition. As his frustration grows, Ben slowly turns into an owl and settles accounts with Hollyhock in a funny and frightening finale. Anyone who has ever suffered from high handed secretaries and mindless high pressure salesmen will delight in this wild, witty and unusual comedy. Ben's gradual transformation into an owl is a rich opportunity for any actor.
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Considerations

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Setting: The reception room of a pet shop.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

2m, 1f

BENJAMIN L. FRANKLIN - 30, a slight, soft-spoken man who looks as if he should be an accountant, which he is not. He wears a brown business suit and large round yellowish glasses. He carries a rolled umbrella and brief case.

MISS DROSS - 39, a fat and overbearing woman. She wears a perpetual scowl and a nurse's uniform. Dross incorporates the warmth of a punched computer card with the cordiality of a dyspeptic bulldog.

DR. HOLLYHOCK - 50, a talkative, fussy busybody of a man in a white medical jacket. He wears a head mirror and carries a stethoscope around his neck.

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