Wild Dust

by  Flip Kobler

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  1m, 8f, 1m or f

Remember when the west was wild, the women were soft and the men were brave? Well, think again 'cause the worst dust storm of the 1800s is about to hit town and the men have all skedaddled! They're driving their precious cattle to safe shelter, leaving the women to fend for themselves. Tensions flare and sparks fly when society ladies are forced to take refuge with fallen women in the only safe building in town, the brothel.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 8f, 1m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult

Additional Info

Remember when the west was wild, the women were soft and the men were brave? Well, think again 'cause the worst dust storm of the 1800s is about to hit town and the men have all skedaddled! They're driving their precious cattle to safe shelter, leaving the women to fend for themselves. Tensions flare and sparks fly when society ladies are forced to take refuge with fallen women in the only safe building in town, the brothel. Now a lone cowboy stumbles in a mysterious stranger who may or may not be a U.S. Marshal. That's just terrific since the women are trying to dispose of a body before anyone discovers the murder! As the storm kicks into high gear, it pales to the tempest brewing inside. For three days the ladies and the drifter are forced to face each other and their own inner ghosts. Feminism meets machismo and both are stripped bare as everyone fights the roles in which society has them pegged. Love, self esteem and a healthy dose of laughter are the results. Yee haw! This is a rip roarin' good time!
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Reviews

"Mixing melodrama and menace, humor and hamminess, Flip Kobler's Wild Dust is an original western that genuinely honors the genre... The story-telling is handled naturally and never feels forced... Kobler has done a fine job of fleshing out the characters and making them real... Wild Dust, which is looking for a new home in a larger theater, could be a real success in the right place." - Lisa D. Horowitz, Variety

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Wild West
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: This is a single set show.  All the action takes place in a saloon in the wild west.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

1m, 8f, 1m or f
COOPER - 30 maybe; a competent horseman; no great shakes in any one department; a decent man who somehow got off track
MARION - mid-30s; a boisterous, full figured woman; flamboyant in a world with no appreciation for it; Earth Mother in a red satin nightie
BELLE- a Georgia-born beauty; eye candy with a huge heart; she's eatin' with one chopstick, but life can't kick her without her bouncin' back
SALLY- mid-30s; a cynical weather-tested woman of Asian descent; pretty, but has the heart of a banker: if it ain't gold who cares if it glitters
HARD CORA - early 30s; a woman out of time; if she had been born today, she'd be a career superstar; but a strong woman back then was less than feminine, less than appealing, less than a man; although she's better than most
DENISE - a dreamer who for too long has been lost in make believe; she's about to hit life head-on and not just survive, but thrive
LOUISE STYLES- a woman in her early 60s; smart sophisticated, opinionated with a capital "O," and more than a little self-righteous
GERTIE- Louise's daughter; a repressed childhood and upbringing are held back on a leash of gossamer; a good girl about to hit the fan
REBECCA- mid-30s; a sturdy woman with her own sense of identity; recently blinded and hating what that handicap has cost her: her independence
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

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Authors

Flip Kobler

Flip Kobler began his performing career as an actor before morphing into a writer. Since selling their first screenplay to Paramount Studios, Mr. Kobler and his wife/partner Cindy Marcus, have been penning away for the last fifteen years. Universal bought another original screenplay. Star Trek Deep ...

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Wild Dust was first presented by The Studio City Park Players in California on November 20, 1992. It was produced by Judy Greening and directed by Cindy Marcus.

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