Geek!

by  Crystal Skillman

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m, 4f

With pissed-off Pikachus, steam punk armies, stood-up Sailor Moons and roller-blading monsters on the prowl, it's easy to get lost in the Inferno-esque anime convention where the fans, the otakus, and the geeks prowl.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy, Adventure
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    2013 New York Innovative Theater Award Nomination, NY TImes Critics Pick
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

With pissed-off Pikachus, steam punk armies, stood-up Sailor Moons and roller-blading monsters on the prowl, it's easy to get lost in the Inferno-esque anime convention where the fans, the otakus, and the geeks prowl. But to score a rare meeting with their comic book idol, teenage outcasts Dayna and Honey will take on obsessive magic players, Jedis and elfs, cosplayers and convention guards - through all nine flights of Ohio's Dante's Fire-Con. But when the dark nature of their quest breaks through the fantasy of these girls cos-playing - they find that no game can mask the deep loss they’ve recently shared ... unless they truly discover who they are. 
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"CRITICS PICK! 'Geek!' is a riot of visual invention ...  and the agonizing consequences of receding youth. Now Ms. Skillman is ready to dive into the deeper, darker waters of adulthood."
- New York Times, Read More

"CRITICS PICK! Genuine heart ...  It’s an honest and often hilarious exploration of the complicated, fantasy-fueled, online world some teens inhabit today." - Time Out New York, Read More

"Skillman is a master of wit and character who knows the value of fast action and the honor of good versus evil." - nytheatre.com, Read More

"Using a bit of Crystal Skillman's patented slang, [Geek!] is 'amazeballs!'" - Qui Nguyen, Author of She Kills Monsters

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Videos

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Setting: An Anime cos-playing convention in Columbus, Ohio. January.
    Time: Now. 
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy, Puppetry, Stage Combat, Multimedia
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes

Casting

2m, 4f
DANYA - Japanese-American teen, Determined, 16! Easily hurt - cares so much but hides it 
HONEY - her friend, Trusting, but often full of worry, full of spitfire impulsive-ness

ENSEMBLE ACTOR 1
ELLEN - Danya’s Best Friend, Honey's sister 
MISS COSY CON - cute anime character operates as guide/announcer for the con 
MARCY - preteen cosplaying as a Dante's Fire Devil Angel 
GWEN - Danya’s arch rival from her preteen days 
DEVIL CATS #1 - mid-thirties lady cosplaying an evil cat lady 
PRINCESS #2 - one Bitchy, yet lovely in a Tiara, Goth Girl, cos-playing as a Princess 
 
ENSEMBLE ACTOR 2
GUARD ONE - Old timer Geek  (30s) a guy into Star Trek 
STEAMPUNK LEUT #1 - Teen cosplaying as Army in Dante's Fire 
BRIAN - fifth grader dressed as the Timekeeper 
PRINCESS #1 - one Goth Boy, cosplaying a Princess from Dante's Fire 
SQUEAKER* - a guy cosplaying as the big furry orange ball like outfit
MANNO - kid cosplaying a Wizard Magic card game nerd

ENSEMBLE ACTOR 3 
GUARD TWO - old timer-er Geek (30s) a woman into Star Wars
MOLLY - preteen cos-playing Dante's Fire Devil Angels
STEAMPUNK LEUT #2 - Teen cosplaying as Army in Dante's Fire 
MINNIE THE MINOTUAR - overly dramatic girl dressed as the Minotaur 
DEVIL CAT #2 - mid-thirties lady cosplaying an evil cat lady 
SPRING - determined homeschooled larping girl who cosplays a french elf archer 

ENSEMBLE ACTOR 4 
TOBY - cosplaying as Steam Punk Army leader Ulee-o, Gwen’s ex-boyfriend 
BATTLE BOT BOY - head gear wearing third grader cosplaying an evil robot 
TINY AJAX - kid cosplaying a Dwarf. Loves to rock and roll (dice!)
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

*The actress playing Honey could play an extra background character in elevator.
*If keeping the cast size to six, Squeaker (as he's always in costume), can be played by different ensemble actors.
* If desired the cast list can expand with more actors and less double casting.

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Authors

Crystal Skillman

"A playwright of growing downtown renown, Ms. Skillman seems to be acquiring something suspiciously Midtown: polish." -- Andy Webster, NYTimes CRYSTAL SKILLMAN is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter based on Brooklyn. She is the author of the plays Geek, Cut, and King Kirby (co-written with frequent co-w ...

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Geek! was first produced by Vampire Cowboys Theater Company at Incubator Arts Project in New York City on March 21, 2013. It was directed by Robert Ross Parker; Scenic/Lighting Designer by Nick Francone; Costume Design by Kristina Makowski & Jessica Shay; Sound Designer by Shane Rettig; Multimedia Design by Matthew Tennie; Puppet Design by David Valentine; Fight Direction by Ray Rodriguez; Stage Management by Kelly Ruth Cole.

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