In Order of Appearance
Full Length Play, Drama / 7m, 2f
Tom Vickery has a secret. Or did. Twenty years ago he wrote a play that his agent, Morris Bonecream, told him was too personally embarrassing to produce. Tom set fire to him. Bonecream sued Tom for arson. Tom disappeared. He is presumed dead, but in reality is living a completely new life in Maine, free from the previous turmoil and responsibility - until tonight.
Tom Vickery has a secret. Or did. Twenty years ago he wrote a play that his agent, Morris Bonecream, told him was too personally embarrassing to produce. Tom set fire to him. Bonecream sued Tom for arson. Tom disappeared. He is presumed dead, but in reality is living in the Maine woods bottling cranberry brandy and married to Gemma Jones, a woman who knows nothing of his past. Suddenly, Bonecream appears; Tom's play is a huge hit in London under an Englishman's name, Dunlop Sablehand. Bonecream needs Tom's script as evidence to get his commission from the plagiarist. Gemma reads the play and leaves Tom. A character from the play, Shelley Vickery, turns up. She straightens Tom out. The hired man falls in love with her. Gemma comes back to Tom. Bonecream finds God, or someone like him.
In Order of Appearance is a sequel to Gardner McKay’s play Untold Damage.
"Very, very funny. A play with a long future." - Sylvie Drake
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $100 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Setting: Maine: The FAIRBROTHERS' two-storey cottage, Thistledome ("This'll do me"), despite its stringent decor, exudes warmth. It stands at the end of Moon Lane, a dirt road, a ways from Wadawanuck, population since 1838 still shy of a thousand. Halen and Gemma keep hens and goats (eggs, milk, butter). The rooster acts as watchdog, crows at intruders and when Halen smokes a cigar by the chicken coop, the rooster sees the flare of Halen's match, thinks dawn has come, and crows. But when he smells the cigar smoke, he clucks contentedly. Maybe the roof leaks, maybe their pickup truck fails them in the winter, and maybe it's sometimes cold in the house, but Halen, Gemma and Eli don't ever seem to mind. They live in a sensible, enlightened poverty, a woodsy honeymoon. Until tonight.
- Additional Features: Not Applicable
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
HALEN FAIRBROTHER - (born TOM VICKERY), forty-five-ish, Bearish, balding, possibly bearded. A fugitive, burdened.
MAURICE BONECREAM - older than Tom, President of Bonecream Artists Agency, hyperactive, tyrannical, joyous, manic.
EMMA JONES FAIRBROTHER - nearly thirty, Tom's wife of nine years, artistic, local girl down countless generations.
ELI MORGENSTERN - mid-twenties. Hired man, lives behind Fairbrothers, local, slightly abstracted by a nasty fall, but subject to moments of great clarity.
DUNLOP DUNY SABLEHAND - late thirties, Foppish British theater agent, first time playwright and plagiarist.
SHELLEY VICKERY - fifty-ish, Tom's older sister, tall, handsome, strong willed, incapacitated; in a wheelchair.
RANDALL MOSS - a private investigator.
BILLY - a limousine driver.
YO BRAVO - an ex-Desert storm helicopter pilot.
- Ensemble cast
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
- Expandable casting
- Flexible casting
SHELLEY also appears in ACT I at age 25 without dialogue. Three thankless roles that can be played by one actor: RANDALL MOSS, BILLY, and YO BRAVO.
In Order of Appearance was first presented as a staged reading the Pasadena Playhouse in California. It was directed by Mark Haining.