Cockeyed

by  William Missouri Downs

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 1f

"Rocking with laughter...hilarious...polished and engaging work draws heavily on the age-old conventions of farce: improbable situations, exaggerated characters, amazing coincidences, absurd misunderstandings, people hiding in closets and barely missing each other as they run in and out of doors...full of comic momentum as Cockeyed hurtles toward its conclusion." - Talkin' Broadway

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    HotCity Theatre’s GreenHouse New Play Festival
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Phil in accounting is lovesick for Sophia, the boss’s secretary. There’s only one problem - she’s completely unaware of his existence. Phil’s best friend Norman informs him that he hasn’t got a chance with the beautiful Sophia because she’s dating the boss and besides, he’s not in her league.

Phil gets up the nerve to say hello but Sophia acts as if he doesn’t exist. Norman tells the humiliated Phil that it’s not a big loss because the rumor around the office is that Sophia’s right eye is made of glass. This news thrills Phil because this tiny imperfection makes Sophia attainable! But more, Phil was standing to her left - perhaps she never saw him! Phil begs Norman to make a formal introduction. However, this second attempt ends in utter failure when Sophia looks right through Phil - again. 

His self-esteem in shambles, Phil goes to Sophia’s apartment to confront her. But before he can knock, she steps out, empties the garbage, walks past him and slams the door in his face. Phil flies into a rage. He softens when he hears crying coming from within, and he enters Sophia’s apartment to comfort her. Soon it occurs to him that Sophia in fact cannot see him.  Perhaps he is caught in some kind of hyperspace or dualistic reality or perhaps Descartes was wrong!

Phil decides there is only one logical thing to do – he moves in with the woman of his dreams – despite the fact that she’s unaware of his existence.

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Accolades

  • Winner! HotCity Theatre GreenHouse New Play Festival

Reviews

REVIEWS

"Rocking with laughter...hilarious...polished and engaging work draws heavily on the age-old conventions of farce: improbable situations, exaggerated characters, amazing coincidences, absurd misunderstandings, people hiding in closets and barely missing each other as they run in and out of doors...full of comic momentum as Cockeyed hurtles toward its conclusion." - Talkin' Broadway

"A Clever romantic comedy" St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Hilarious,"  Talkin' Broadway 

"Fresh and invigorating."  Playback Magazine

Keywords

Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    There are three small playing areas. At center is Sophia’s tiny basement studio apartment. It has a kitchenette and a sleeper-sofa. She’s been painting so the walls are mostly bare. On both sides of the studio set are areas that represent the offices of Hibarger Corporation. On one side is Phil’s pathetic office cubicle, on the other the stark employee break room – not much more than a table with a coffee machine.

  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • 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

3m, 1f

PHIL – A Nice Guy. Majored in philosophy in college.
SOPHIA – A Pretty Secretary. She has a glass eye.
V.P. MARLEY – A Handsome Boss. He wears a cell phone headset on one ear.
NORMAN – A Nervous Accountant. Phil’s friend. 

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting

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William Missouri Downs

www.williammissouridowns.com/   William Missouri Downs has won two Rolling Premieres from the National New Play Network (The Exit Interview and Women Playing Hamlet). He has also won numerous playwriting awards, twice been a finalist at the ...

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Orginally produced at the Hot City Theatre in St. Louis

Finalist at the Ashland New Play Festival (One of eleven finalists out of 170 scripts) and winner of the Greenhouse Festival of New Work (1st place out of 300) at the HotCity Theatre in St. Louis. 

 

 

 

 

 

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