Accidents Happen (Collection)

by  J. Michael DeAngelis, Pete Barry, John P. Dowgin

Collection / Anthology, Comedy

Winner! 2009 NJACT Perry Award for Outstanding Production of an Original Play

Seven of The Porch Room's best short plays collected together into an evening of comedy that proves that no matter what you plan for - accidents happen.

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  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

Winner! 2009 NJACT Perry Award for Outstanding Production of an Original Play

Seven of The Porch Room's best short plays collected together into an evening of comedy that proves that no matter what you plan for - accidents happen.

Shorts include:
Accidents Happen - Please be aware of all safety procedures and take note of the emergency exits.

Nine Point Eight Meters Per Second Per Second - Balthazar Kent, ejected from an airplane, tries to regain control of his life through his cellphone.

Reunion Special - A desperate former child actor reunites with his now adult co-stars at a funeral.

The Clive Way - A motivational speaker mistakenly tries to empower a group of newly rehabilitated anger-management patients.

Hangman - A budding teenage philosopher-scientist searches for the truth by experimenting on his friend with a hallucinogenic cocktail.

Tricks of the Trade - Ralph teaches Eddie how to sell your soul for success.

The Banderscott - An infomercial marketer is pitched an astonishing product.

The shorts can be performed together as a full-length show or on their own as one acts.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
    $75 with other plays in collection

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Additional Features: Local Celebrity Cameo, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

J. Michael DeAngelis

J. Michael DeAngelis is a writer, actor, and director. His short play, Drop (co-written with Pete Barry), was a winner of the 34th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival. He has written or co-written the plays Antony & Cleopatra: Infinite Lives, X/Y, Signs from God, Deep Fried Everything and the anth ...

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Pete Barry

Pete Barry is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, actor, director and musician. His short plays have been published in numerous collections, including Accidents Happen  and Eric Lane's anthology Shorter, Faster, Funnier. Accidents Happen is published by Samuel French and won the 2009 NJACT Perry Award for Outsta ...

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John P. Dowgin

John P. Dowgin

Accidents Happen was first produced in full at The Circle Players in Piscataway, New Jersey on July 11, 2008. The performances were directed by the authors.

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