Lucky Me

by  Robert Caisley

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 1f

Sara's having a bad week. Really bad! The light bulbs in her apartment keep burning out; there's a leak in the roof; the aquarium is full of dead fish; the cat's gone AWOL, and her father -- who chased off her last beau -- is suspicious of Tom, their new neighbor, a TSA agent who just brought Sara home from the emergency room on New Year's Eve.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

From the playwright who brought us Happy comes a whimsical comedy about love, aging, bad luck, and airport security. Sara's having a bad week. Really bad! The light bulbs in her apartment keep burning out; there's a leak in the roof; the aquarium is full of dead fish; the cat's gone AWOL, and her father -- who chased off her last beau -- is suspicious of Tom, their new neighbor, a TSA agent who just brought Sara home from the emergency room on New Year's Eve with a fractured fifth metatarsal. As Tom's attraction to Sara increases, he learns of the bizarre streak of bad luck that's been haunting Sara for years - twenty-two years to be precise. 
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Mr. Caisley’s writing is generously geared toward actors, allowing for some smart back-and-forth dialogue among the four eccentric characters." - The New York Times, Read More

"The talented Caisley is back with another play that stretches the boundaries of neurotic behavior, but with a more comically romantic slant." - Curtain Up , Read More

"Caisley convincingly and delightfully provides a poignant analysis of the experiences that have led Sara to become fate's victim. This sparklingly written aspect of Lucky Me provides moments of satisfying and engrossing quality theatre." - Talkin' Broadway, Read More

"With 'Lucky Me,' Caisley, Barabas and company have crafted a meditation on the reality-altering toxicity of human relationships — and the ultimately winning ways of the heart — in a manner that’s fast-paced, funny, and occasionally fearsome." - Asbury Park Press, Read More

“Written in a snappy style reminiscent of Kaufman and Hart, Caisley populates Sara’s leaky apartment with a cast of loveable misfits … the greatest success of Caisley’s work—he never strays from his mission to allow the relationship between Tom and Sara to grow and develop organically.  There’s not a whiff of theatrical artifice.”  - Eugene Weekly, Read More

“Caisley's the new face of comedy writing for the stage… a new direction for the American play.” – Berkshire Bright Focus

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Denver, Colorado. Sara’s second-floor, two bedroom apartment. Between New Year’s Eve and July 4th of the same year.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

3m, 1f
SARA FINE - 40
TOM - her neighbor, around the same age; he works for the TSA
LEO - Sara’s elderly father; he is blind
YURI - the landlord, whatever age works; he is Ukrainian
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

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Authors

Robert Caisley

Robert Caisley is Associate Professor of Theatre & Film, and Head of the Dramatic Writing Program at the University of Idaho. He was named the 2011 Blaine Quarnstrom Visiting Playwright at the University of Southern Mississippi. His play Happy, presented at the 2011 National New Play Network (NNPN) Annual Showcase of ...

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Lucky Me received its world premiere at New Jersey Repertory Theatre in August of 2014, under the direction of SuzAnne Barabas. 

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