And Then I Wrote...

by  Jack Sharkey, Mel Buttorff

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 4f

In this riotous showbiz comedy, a producer, his secretary, and associates try to re-write an epic drama by a neophyte playwright into a broad farce.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

In this riotous showbiz comedy, a producer, his secretary, and associates try to re-write an epic drama by a neophyte playwright into a broad farce. A vicious gossip columnist tries to blackmail the producer into marriage, while a scatterbrained old character actor erroneously creates the impression that the leading lady has died. The author, also an apprentice mortician, is appalled by the histrionics that accompany the opening of a Broadway show. As the columnist draws mistaken conclusions that this show is really a cover for a bizarre murder cult, the rest of the group foster this impression and substitute a lady undertaker in the role of the much-alive leading lady. Mistaken identities, romance, and silly situations combine to keep the audience laughing through three acts of hilarity.
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Keywords

Death, Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Bronian Pendrick's apartment in New York City.
  • Additional Features: 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

4m, 4f

BRONIAN PENDRICK - a theatrical producer.
ANNABEL HOLMES - Bronian's secretary.
RORY MADDEN - Bronian's general factotum.
ANDREW KIMMER - a neophyte playwright.
ALISON BLAIR - a well-known actress.
FRIEDA NEBCOTT - a Broadway columnist.
CHARLES CARPENTER - an amiable actor.
V. NELSON SLOMBER - an undertaker.

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting

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Authors

Jack Sharkey

Jack Sharkey (1931-1992) was born on May 6, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. He began writing when he was 10 years old. He graduated from college with a BA in the Creative Writing Field of the English major. After that, he taught school for two years from 1953 to 1955. In mid-1955, Mr. Sharkey enlisted in th ...

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Mel Buttorff

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