Out of the Frying Pan

by  Francis Swann

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  7m, 5f

Produced in New York City. Three young men and three young women share an apartment in all innocence; they are would be stage folk and they are doing this for economic security. Their apartment is immediately above that of a Broadway producer who is about to cast a road company. They rehearse the pl…

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Out of the Frying Pan

by  Francis Swann

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    7m, 5f

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Produced in New York City. Three young men and three young women share an apartment in all innocence; they are would be stage folk and they are doing this for economic security. Their apartment is immediately above that of a Broadway producer who is about to cast a road company. They rehearse the play but how can they get him upstairs to see it? It happens that the producer is an amateur chef and, right in the middle of a culinary concoction, he runs out of flour. He comes upstairs to borrow a cup. At last the kids have him and they aren't going to let him go until he sees some evidence of their ability so they stage a murder. It is so realistic that police swarm into the scene with hilarious results.
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  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance

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  • Setting: The living room of a brownstone front apartment in New York City.

Casting

7m, 5f

GEORGE BODELL - about 23. A large, lazy and completely good-natured young man. His voice is slow and he has a dry, flat way of saying things.

NORMAN REESE - age 22. He is the capable member of the group. He takes care of things, sees that appointments are kept, watches over the others like a mother hen with her chicks.

TONY DENNISON - the handsomest of the three boys. He is tall and deeply sincere, but is inclined to be a bit discouraged at the moment. About 24.

KATE AULT - the cynic of the crowd. She is tall and dark. She has probably been in New York trying to get a break in the theater for a longer time than any of the others. About 21.

MARGE BENSON - Young, dark, and attractive-- a little more serious than the others-- and in being more serious, seems a little older-- about 21.

DOTTIE COBURN - A petite, blonde girl, young and attractive, always a little vague. She is of the "Dumb Dora" type, but quite cheerful and happy about everything. She is the baby of the crowd-- at 18-- but seems to be even younger than that.

MRS GARNET - their bewildered and uncomplaining landlady. She is never quite sure whether she is watching a play or a scene from real life. Probably the answer to it all is that behind her whimsical exterior she is envious because she is stage struck too.

MURIEL FOSTER - Dottie's friend from Boston. She is petulant, suspicious, and later on woe-begone with a voice like a tired Minnie Mouse. In spite of all this, she is not unattractive. Dottie's age.

ARTHUR KENNY - Middle-aged, with a sharp jaw and a dray, unemotional voice that accompanies a habitual sphinx-like expression. He is dignified at all times, fastidious and dresses well.

MR COBURN - a successful business man turned politician. He is on the Board of Censors in Boston-- of some wealth, just enough to be snobbish. He explodes rather easily, but tries to maintain his dignity.

FIRST COP - the intellectual type of policeman-- a career man. He tries very hard and wants to be obliging.

SECOND COP - the dumb but earnest type. Even if you drew him a diagram he would not understand it.

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