Parked

by  Rita Norton Mazza

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  1m, 2f

"Combines witty, thoughtful dialogue with humor and sensitivity and refreshingly strong female characterization." - Memphis Business Journal

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Annie, a disheveled divorcee doing her best to nurture three kids on her own, Larry, a successful freelance artist, and Lisa, an unfulfilled suburban mom with aspirations of starting her own business, seem to have only one thing in common: their children play together. Watching their children at the playground or waiting during art class and ice skating lessons, they laugh, bicker, update one another on Oprah's topics, disagree on whether Fergie is a pig, swap child rearing tips, gossip, share their thoughts on everything from love and back rubs to marital ups and downs. They develop an unlikely relationship best described as a "no sex affair". Ultimately, a misunderstanding twists the situation into an emotional battleground when Lisa misinterprets the boundaries of friendship.
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Accolades

  • Winner! 1993 Mid South Playwrights Award

Reviews

"[The] characters [are] down to earth [and]...the humor quirky...[in this] light hearted look at platonic love between the sexes." - Commercial Appeal

"Combines witty, thoughtful dialogue with humor and sensitivity and refreshingly strong female characterization." - Memphis Business Journal

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting: The scenes take place at several benches in typical parental waiting areas: a park, a hospital waiting room, outside of an art class, a skating rink, a train station. The time is the present.
  • 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

1m, 2f

LARRY - Mid-30's. Freelance artist. Works at home so that he can spend time with his son. Spends every morning at the park so that he can talk to other grown ups. He and his wife are at a low point in their marriage.

LISA - Mid-30's. A mother of two. Always looking for success through some form of business venture. She loves creative people and wants desperately to be creative. She is carefully coordinated and keeps a protective eye on her children. She feels isolated from her husband and seeks out approval constantly. Her true loves are old movies with happy endings.

ANNIE - Mid-30's. Ghostwriter, divorced mother of three. Very involved mother who has lots of acquaintances but only one real person she confides in: Larry. Her children are her world, though she is starting to make attempts at meeting men. Has a very cutting edge sense of humor. Has a style all her own. Mid-thirties.

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Rita Norton  Mazza

Rita Norton Mazza

Parked was first presented at the Circuit Playhouse in Memphis, Tennessee in August 1993. It was directed by Patti Hatchett.

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