by Patsy Hester Daussat
Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 4m, 4f, 1m or f
"The new comedy-drama The Makeover is satisfying...and highly pleasurable...Daussat's play is quite entertaining and she earns a solid, robust share of laughs from her writing. Issues of being overweight in this country are presented...with…
It's a typical Saturday evening, as Mike and Melanie play games with their neighbors, Victor and Paula. Each couple has a son home from college for the summer. Little does Melanie know that her happy, comfortable world will soon be thrown into turmoil. Mike has sent a letter to Facing Facts, Melanie and Paula's favorite reality television show. He believes Melanie, who has gained weight over the years, would be thrilled to have a makeover at Facing Facts' fabulous spa. After all, she and Paula rave about it. Unfortunately, Mike has never seen the show and is clueless about the cruel, ratings-hungry hostess, Frances Montgomery. When the Facing Facts crew descends at her door, Melanie endures a disastrous ambush. Afterward, she cannot understand why Mike would subject her to national humiliation, and orders him to be out of the house when she returns from the spa. Mike is hopeful that Melanie will change her mind, but things only get worse the evening she returns. Frances not only belittles Melanie again, she sets her sights on an oblivious Mike. Melanie finally explodes, throwing the Facing Facts crew out of her house, along with Mike. Events in the days that follow bring Melanie to realizations about herself and the important things in life.
Issues of appearance, communication, relationships, and reality television are dealt with in the light comedy, The Makeover.
Reviews"The new comedy-drama The Makeover is satisfying...and highly pleasurable...Daussat's play is quite entertaining and she earns a solid, robust share of laughs from her writing. Issues of being overweight in this country are presented...with brutal honesty, never once sounding preachy or whining, but instead with a truthful, immensely heartfelt observation...Daussat's talents are shown to be off to a great start...a solid audience pleaser...a knockout hit. " - Talkin' Broadway
"Daussat knows the basics of writing a situational script: She sets up the characters and action nicely, and gives the characters interesting quirks and vibrant lines to speak...(The) message about learning to love yourself (is) peppered with...comedy (and is) heartfelt...The Makeover should become a popular title in theaters..." - Fort Worth Star Telegram
- Gun Shots
- Intense Adult Themes
- Strong Language
- Nudity/Partial Nudity
- Open Flame
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: Present Day
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
Home of Melanie and Mike Barnsworth. Any town.
- Additional Features: Not Applicable
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Casting4m, 4f, 1m or f
KEITH and RICKY - college students, both over 21.
MONICA - a young adult, attractive red-head.
FRANCES MONTGOMERY - older, but has had her featureS "enhanced". Attractive.
CAMERAPERSON - any gender.
- Non-Traditional casting
- Parts for Senior Actors
The Makeover premeired in 2008 at Grapevine's Runway Theatre in Grapevine, Texas.