Bottoms Up!

by  Gregg Kreutz

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  6m, 3f

"Suitcase, suitcase, who's got the suitcase?" is the urgent question in this hilarious farce set in a Caribbean hotel. One composite set represents the hotel's lobby, elevator, and second floor. The comedy charts the confusion that occurs when June, an earnest aerobics instructor, unknowingly acquir…

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

Suitcase, suitcase, who's got the suitcase? is the urgent question in this hilarious farce set in a Caribbean hotel. One composite set represents the hotel's lobby, elevator, and second floor. The comedy charts the confusion that occurs when June, an earnest aerobics instructor, unknowingly acquires the cash filled suitcase of two money launderers from Cleveland. Their attempts to retrieve it cause a soft core movie director to mistake June for the next star of his basement budget production "Tan All Over". Then he discovers the money and joins the convoluted efforts to get the suitcase. Interference is provided by his former star who is now an outraged moralist, a nervous chemistry instructor visiting the island under duress, the hotel owner and her sticky fingered nephew. Wild chases, bizarre disguises, and the silliest looking aerobics dance ever make this a truly riotous farce.
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Keywords

Friendship, Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Outdoor
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: One composite set represents two floors of the Hotel Grande, a slightly run-down establishment on the Caribbean island of Santa Pequena. The main floor lobby is on the left side of the stage and on the right, a foot or so higher, is the second floor hallw
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

6m, 3f
SENORA VALDEZ - Owner of the hotel, extravagantly proud of her somewhat dilapidated Caribbean establishment
JUNE - wholesomely pretty, a strong believer in firm thighs and firm values
SMITH - eager for ill-gotten-gains but not too good at getting them
SCOPEC - vicious thug unhappy to be stuck with Smith
PUMPHREY - a nervous chemistry professor visiting the island under duress
RUSHMORE - a sleazy movie maker committed to making a sleazy movie
KEITH - Rushmore's laid-back assistant
THE PORTER - a cheerful maniac who's got his eye on the suitcase.
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Ages may vary from early to late 20s (June and Keith) to 30s (Pumphrey) to any variety of ages for the rest of the cast.

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Authors

Gregg Kreutz

Gregg Kreutz has written three full length plays that are published by Samuel French. They have been and continue to be performed world wide, and one of them - Bottoms Up!-  has been translated into (of all things) Dutch. In addit ...

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Bottoms Up! was first performed Aug 3, 1989 at the Brooke Hills Playhouse, Wellsberg, West Virginia.

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