The Untold Yippie Project

by  Becca Schlossberg

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  8m or f

The Untold Yippie Projectis an ensemble-based drama that examines friendship and violence, painting a picture of a both a divided and united America.

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The Untold Yippie Project

by  Becca Schlossberg

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    8m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Biography, Period, Docudrama/Historic
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Little-known fact: On August 6, 1970 a group of Yippies planned an Invasion of Disneyland and forced the park to an early close. But who were the Yippies, and how did they leave such a mark in Disney history? In this docudrama-style retelling, Shirley Bowlby, a research historian, documents Terry Altman, the wild-but-weary leader of the Yippies, as he organizes the protest in Disneyland – with secret hopes of digging into Clyde, a former friend who has betrayed him.

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Reviews

REVIEWS 

"It's a story that's supremely ripe for rediscovery [...] The Untold Yippie Project is fast-moving, exciting, and truly fascinating." - The Huffington Post, Read More 


Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, 1970s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    1970 and Now. Everywhere but mostly Anaheim, CA.

  • Additional Features: No intermission, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Casting

8m or f

SHIRLEY BOWLBY (F) - 20’s-30’s, a research journalist; smart, empathetic.
TERRY ALTMAN (M) - 20’s-30’s, inspired by Abbie Hoffman; leader of the Yippie movement. Effervescent. Too smart for his own good. Vivacious. Sarcastic. A pain in the ass.
CLYDE SPRINGFIELD (M) - 20’s-30’s, a deserter of the Yippie movement and former best friend of Terry’s. Doing his best to have a stable life. Sweet and loving. 
CARSON LUFT (M) - 40’s-70’s, should be a little older than the rest of the cast; pragmatic, gentle, sensitive.  
THE ANNOUNCER (F or M) – the voice from above. 

THE NARRATORS (F or M) - 20’s-30’s, should be a dynamic ensemble of four actors/movers, each of whom play both narrators and a variety of character roles.

NARRATOR #1 (F or M) - plays DAN GRIMM, PHILIP LETTS, CHARLIE WALSH,BARRY HOUSTON, & RIOT CONTROLMAN #2
NARRATOR #2 (F or M) - plays MARGARET WILLIAMS, KENT WALSH, JUPITER, MARTHA, & RIOT CONTROLMAN #1 
NARRATOR #3 (F or M) - plays ROD TALSON, DIANNA WALSH, HUGH RAMIREZ, DUNCAN, RIOT CONTROLMAN #3, & NEWS ANCHOR 
NARRATOR #4 (F or M) - plays JOAN MANTELLI, SARAH ROSENBAUM, SUE WALSH, PETE CALVERSON, & JD DOUGLAS

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  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Role(s) for Latino Actor(s)
  • All Male
  • All Female
  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Multicultural casting

Casting Notes

All parts in this play can be played by anyone: any race, any gender.

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Authors

Becca Schlossberg

Becca’s play Just Like I Wanted, a drama about teen suicide, has been performed throughout the United States and the world. Her one act, 3boys, published by Original Works Publishing, received a 4-star review by Time Out magazine for its an 2010 NYC Fringe production. Other plays include Hands (produced by City Thea ...

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The Untold Yippie Project premiered in a production by Sunglasses After Dark Productions at the Access Theater in New York City in August 2017 under the direction Madeleine Rose Parsigian.

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