Karlaboy

by  Steven Peros

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  6m, 2f

"Steven Peros' intriguing play is a well wrought tale of love and loss, set against the sweeping background of the golden era of Hollywood...while the characters are fictional, they take on a life of their own and end up eerily reminiscent and real...Karlaboy could rightly take its place among the more innovative and involving productions currently on the Los Angeles theatre scene" - Drama-Logue

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller, Period
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

Biographer Bill Lauder has penned a ruthless tell-all about Karla Daven, a long dead legendary 1950's starlet. As a result, he is summoned in the middle of the night to the dilapidated mansion of Karla's celebrity husband, Harold Bachman, a reclusive director who makes the outlandish claim that Karla's ghost has threatened to kill him this very night unless Bill calls off the publication of his tawdry book of lies.

What follows is an intense evening where memory wrestles with myth in order to find the truth. As Harold gets deeper into exposing Bill's lies about Karla, he is forced to confront the lies he's told himself – lies about himself as a filmmaker, a husband, and as a man. Harold must not only save himself from Karla's ghost, but from the ghosts of an unrealized life.

In addition to being an absorbing psychological ghost story, Karlaboy is an important, non-graphic exploration of LGBT issues in its fascinating dissection of a high profile Hollywood "marriage of convenience."
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Accolades

  • Winner! 1994 Drama-Logue Critics Award, Outstanding Achievement in Writing

Reviews

"Steven Peros' intriguing play is a well wrought tale of love and loss, set against the sweeping background of the golden era of Hollywood... while the characters are fictional, they take on a life of their own and end up eerily reminiscent and real...Karlaboy could rightly take its place among the more innovative and involving productions currently on the Los Angeles theatre scene" - Drama-Logue

"A wonderful experience...What rings through this fascinating play is the brilliant dialogue. Steven Peros has an ear for dialogue of this type - highly intelligent, witty and on the mark. You'll see many a show before you come across talk this stimulating." - The Tolucan 

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1990s, 1950s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

6m, 2f

HAROLD BACHMAN — 65; a movie director and screenwriter, retired for over 35 years. In recall, he is in his 20s. In some productions, the same actor has played both roles, ala Salieri in Amadeus.
KARLA DAVEN — 20s; a lovely actress with star quality. Karla should not be costumed or made-up to recall any one specific famous movie star.
BILL LAUDER — 30s; a journalist.
TONY — 20s-30s; a good-looking movie star-in-training.
STUDIO BOSS — 40s-60s; head of the unnamed major studio to which Harold and Karla are under contract.
ENSEMBLE OF THREE — Made up of 2 men and 1 woman. The Ensemble plays the following roles: First Male Voice, Second Male Voice, Third Male Voice, Assistant, Olga, Olga’s Partners, Super Mogul, Party Guests, Yes Man #1, Yes Man #2, Gowned Actress, Reporter #1, Reporter #2, Reporter #3, Sydney Bachman, Bill’s Agent.

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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

Karlaboy was written to have the role of “Harold Bachman”, young and old, portrayed by one actor, very much like “Salieri” – young and old - was played by one actor in the stage version of Amadeus by Peter Shaffer. However, permission is granted to cast two separate actors in the role.

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Authors

Steven Peros

Steven Peros

1994 - Actors Circle Theatre, West Hollywood, California - Love Swing Productions, LLC

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