The Great Easter Egg Hunt
by Ken Jones
Full Length Play, Comedy / 9m, 6f
"A lively and irreverent send-up of small town Southern culture"- Theatre Montgomery
This comedy centers around an Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Citizens vie for the ultimate prize attainable in Umatilla, Florida the Golden Egg. A comic journey through one day in an isolated town that reflects the greed, cowardice, regret, avarice, love, stupidity, hope, passion and drama of life in America.
This comedy centers around an Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Citizens vie for the ultimate prize attainable in Umatilla, Florida the Golden Egg. Meanwhile Horseshoe and Clem Dumpling seek to avenge their shattered hopes of married bliss, the town flirt chases every man except for the one who is in love with her and two young lovers struggle to escape this small town. Judge Pulander officiates, but is soon overwhelmed by apple and cypress bark cider. The Rifle Association initiates a blood feud while the Women's Club fans the fire with gossip. The Great Easter Egg Hunt is a comic journey through one day in an isolated town that reflects the greed, cowardice, regret, avarice, love, stupidity, hope, passion and drama of life in America.
"Thursday night's sold-out crowd was treated to a raucous two hours of Ken Jones's The Great Easter Egg Hunt, a lively and irreverent send-up of small town Southern culture, as the zany residents of Umatilla, Florida continuously sabotage one another in their quest for a golden egg and the promise of prizes and the right to reign as king or queen over the town for the next year."- Theatre Montgomery
KeywordsAdolescence, Betrayal, Christianity, Friendship, Love, Marriage, Parenting/Family, Religion
- Gun Shots
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $90 per performance
- Time Period: Present Day
- Duration: 105 Minutes
Easter Day in the small town of Umatilla (u ma til'a). Woods and picnic areas of Umatilla City Park.
- Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Stage Combat, Special Effects
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
JUDGE BUDFORD PULANDER - judge of the Umatilla Circuit Court; a fair and honest judge, unless he's been drinking
HELEN NEELEY - the town gossip, president of the Umatilla P.T.A.
FAYE RUMPLE - Helen Neeley's faithful sidekick; spends most of her time shuttling any one of her fifteen children to various locations
WILL FEREBEE - an intelligent young man; offered a full scholarship to Harvard University
PERRY MONROE - an attractive, smart young woman, whose goal in life is to leave Umatilla; has been dating Will since their freshman year of high school
CLEM DUMPLING - a man who was raised by cows; a graduate of the third grade; has made his living by creating pine cone sculptures, which he sells at the local Alligator Farm and Reptile House
HORSESHOE DUMPLING - second only to his brother in ignorance; said to be the philosopher of the family
HORVANA DWIGHT - the town flirt; a graduate of the Mount Dora Beauty and Charm School; a hardworking, career oriented business woman
JED PERRINE - a very large, but sensitive man; said to have the "magic touch" when it comes to farming; has been romantically involved with Horvana and as such, very much the subject of town gossipm
LORETTA PIKEWATER - a woman who enjoys worrying; a former Miss Grapefruit, now happily married with one child, Ratius, who has been diagnosed as a hyperactive child
LAMBIE MONROE - a kind and caring woman; a widow and graduate of Orange County Community College, now a nurse's aide and Umatilla's first volunteer firewoman; Perry's mother
MR. WAXLEY - president of the Umatilla Rifle Association; a tractor mechanic and the father of five boys; is not on speaking terms with two of the five
MR. PARNELL - vice-president of the Umatilla Rifle Association; owns and runs Parnell's Meats and Seafood
MR. GILBERT - Parnell's faithful sidekick; supervises the municipal public pool during the summer months, and operates an adult bookstore one mile north of the Umatilla city line during the winter
TOMANE WAXLEY - third son of Mr. Waxley; artistically gifted but denied access to drawing and painting materials by his father
- Ensemble cast
- Non-Traditional casting
- Roles for Teens
- Flexible casting
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
1990, Hasty Pudding Theatre (showcase), American Repertory Theatre.