Landlines

by  Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen

Short Play, Comedy  /  9m or f

A part of the collection Keen Teens: Volume 4

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    9m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Experimental
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Two announcers want you to make a pledge for their telethon today. They don't have mugs, but they have mice. An Old Woman drinks coffee from a bowl, a Teenage Girl calls her dead grandparents, and the kid's show characters Beep and Bop aren't actually real. A bonkers TV telethon goes in and out of the dark and asks existential questions of everyone no matter what side of the phone they're on.

A part of the collection Keen Teens: Volume 4

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: A TV studio during a fundraising  telethon for a public television style TV network.  
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

9m or f
ANNOUNCER 1 – Co-host of a TV telethon
ANNOUNCER 2 – Co-host of a TV telethon
DIRECTOR – Director of the TV telethon
VOLUNTEER A – Telethon Volunteer
VOLUNTEER B – Telethon Volunteer
VOLUNTEER C – Telethon Volunteer
VOLUNTEER D – Telethon Volunteer
BEEP – You remember Beep! The furry creature from that famous kids show!
BOP – You remember Bop! The other furry creature from that famous kids show! 
POLICEWOMAN
MAKE-UP PERSON
IRISH PERSON
OLD WOMAN
OLD MAN
CHILD – 6-ish years old
TEENAGE BOY
TEENAGE GIRL
CAT
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting

Casting Notes

Characters can be double, triple, or even quadruple cast or played by individual actors. Basically everyone other than the Announcers and Beep and Bop can play multiple characters. We think it would be cool if Teenage Girl and Old Woman were played by the same person doing different voices. Any gender can play any character! Don’t worry about stage directions specifying “him” and “her.”

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Authors

Hannah Bos

Hannah Bos (writer/actor) is a founder and co-Artistic Director of The Debate Society, an Obie Award winning Theater Company. She has co-written and starred in all of the company’s plays: Jacuzzi (Ars Nova), Blood Play (Bushwick Starr/The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival/Williamstown Theatre Festival), Buddy C ...

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Paul Thureen

Paul Thureen is a founding member and co-Artistic Director of The Debate Society, co-writing and starring in A Thought About Raya, The Snow Hen, You’re Welcome, The Eaten Heart, Cape Disappointment, Detroit and Buddy Cop 2. Recent New Yo ...

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Landlines premiered at the Keen Teens Festival in New York City in May 2016 under the direction of Liz Carlson.

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