Ghost of a Chance

by  Cindy Marcus, Flip Kobler

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 3f

"Some plays speak to the mind, some to the heart and some hammer the funny bone. Few manage to hit all three in the same evening. Ghost of a Chance is that rare theater experience." - Cleburne Times-Review
Bethany is bright, strong, independent, beautiful and has zero self esteem. She has brought her

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Bethany is bright, strong, independent, beautiful and has zero self esteem. She has brought her fiancée, Floyd, and his mother, Verna, up to her cabin in the woods, the site of the hunting accident that killed Chance, her first husband. Much to her consternation, he or rather, his ghost is still there. Only Bethany can see him, so Floyd and Verna think she is crazy as she frantically tries to get rid of, well, it seems to them nobody. Chance, meanwhile, is doing everything he can to prevent Bethany from marrying Floyd. Bethany even brings in a delightfully kooky psychic to help deal with the ghost of Chance.
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Reviews

"Some plays speak to the mind, some to the heart and some hammer the funny bone. Few manage to hit all three in the same evening. Ghost of a Chance is that rare theater experience... Written by Disney veterans Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus Ghost of a Chance is a touching, funny story of love and redemption... A roller coaster of emotions from opening to closing... [and] a sturdy reflection of life in general... Finding the humor in life’s trials and tribulations keeps you sane, and best of all, love and redemption are always there for the taking." - Cleburne Times-Review

Keywords

Death, Love, Marriage

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: This is a single set play, taking place in a hunting cabin in the mountains. The location is fleixible, it can be in Conneticutt, Wyoming, New Mexico, or any place you choose.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy

Music

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

Casting

3m, 3f
BETHANY - a new woman; bright, strong, independent, beautiful; but she's a locked vault, living life only for tomorrow; dependency- 10, self esteem- 0
FLOYD - Beth's fiancee; the tortoise; stable, safe, durable; but he loves Bethany, and when that is threatened he is going to break out of his shell, even if it kills him
CHANCE - beth's first husband; the hare; wild and free, adventure was his middle name; loves Beth as well and is not·about to let a little thing like his own death keep him from spending the rest of their life together
VERNA - Floyd's mother; protective and suspicious, looking at life in a rose-colored rear-view mirror
CRYSTAL - flamboyant with a capitol FLAM; actually with a capitol BOYANT as well; a psychic with a sarcastic edge that's Wilkenson sharp, but there's a darkness behind that party girl facade
ADAM - Verna's age; happy-go-lucky charm that's contagious
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • 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

Cindy Marcus

Cindy Marcus won an acting scholarship to the Teenage Drama Workshop in Los Angeles when she was but a teen. She's made her living in show business ever since. With her husband and partner, Flip Kobler, she spent many years at Disney writing the sequels to Pocahontas, Lady And The Tramp, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame ...

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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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Ghost of a Chance received its world premiere at the Francis Wilson Playhouse in Clearwater Florida, in the summer of 1995.

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