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
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."
- 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
- Gun Shots
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $100 per performance
- Time Period: 1990s, 1950s
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Additional Features: Not Applicable
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
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.
- 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
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.