Love Town

by  Michael Kaplan

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5m, 3f

"Clever and funny, laced with jokes. A quirky adult comedy that will stand on its own in any community" - The Tribune
"[Love Town] unmasks the truth that lies beyond artificial social niceties, revealing an authenticity behind the brightly painted facade that little towns display to the world." - New Times of the Central Coast

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Sea Spray is a charming beach town, perfect for romantic getaways and cliff-side proposals. While tourists walk around with stars in their eyes, the locals take their lumps and watch their relationships fray and fizzle. Karl is a self-professed good guy who bought the little village dream for his wife, only to have her run off with the town aromatherapist. Now he's stuck with a quaint souvenir shop he never wanted, and the vengeful impulse to run it into the ground. As the local merchants scheme to drive Karl away, his bitter emporium becomes a safe haven for the romantically scarred men of Sea Spray.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Clever and funny, laced with jokes. A quirky adult comedy that will stand on its own in any community" - The Tribune

 "[Love Town] unmasks the truth that lies beyond artificial social niceties, revealing an authenticity behind the brightly painted facade that little towns display to the world." - New Times of the Central Coast

Keywords

Little Town Life

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    The action takes place in Mary’s Cozy Corner, a souvenir shop that preys on the tourist trade, located in Sea Spray, California.  Lots of "cute" souvenirs, some junk.

  • Additional Features: Local Celebrity Cameo, Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

5m, 3f

KARL – 40’s; like a large, lazy bear. Prone to bouts of bitterness.
LYLE – early 30’s; upbeat; optimistic surfer type.
MINDY – early 30’s; high-minded; romantic; wound way too tight.
GAIL – late 50’s; stylish; controlling; very together.
LESTER – 70’s; wealthy; gruff; easily distracted.
GINA – 17; a Goth Girl full of teen cynicism.
RUSSELL – 28; a scruffy local.
ALEX – 18; a cool kid without much direction.
MISC. CUSTOMERS AND COUPLES – Tourists mainly in the 20-40 range. They can be double-cast as necessary.

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

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Authors

Michael Kaplan

Michael Kaplan has been a professional writer for over thirty years, working on projects in film, theater, television, video games, educational CD-ROMS and online entertainment. Mr.  Kaplan created, wrote and co-produced Frank Leaves for the Orient, an original half-hour series which pr ...

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Love Town had its premiere at the Pewter Plough Playhouse in Cambria, California on May 1, 2009.

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