Cartoon

by  Steve Yockey

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5m, 4f

"Fast-paced, funny, and drenched in pop culture. If you see only one play about cartoon characters killing each other this year, make it this one." - East Bay Express
"The play slowly reveals itself as being more than just a wacky comedy about violence in the media... it speaks to a deeper, darker truth about people's ability to turn on one another without visualizing the cost of that betrayal. It is in these moments that Cartoon shines." - TheatreForum Magazine

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy, Parody / Spoof, Commedia del Arte
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Join the exploits of a band of mismatched cartoon stereotypes on a wild ride through this animated world, Presented in the style of a Commedia dell’Arte scenario gone berserk, Cartoon is a devilishly violent social commentary that explores the rapid coalescence of media, politics and consumer giants. A young, idealistic upstart named Trouble steals the giant hammer that Esther, the bratty dictator, uses to maintain a monotonous but peaceful order. Chaos ensues. Bombs explode. Puppets are set free. Anime girls fight. And as the bodies pile up, the violence begins to creep off the stage and into the audience. There’s nothing like a punch in the face to really get the blood moving.
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Reviews

"Fast-paced, funny, and drenched in pop culture. If you see only one play about cartoon characters killing each other this year, make it this one." - East Bay Express

"Yockey's piece plays like an Eastern European communist-era political comedy, with farce and cruelty artfully intermingled to create horrifying situations... whose frequent leaps from cartoony cuteness to over-the-top violence are both shocking and hilarious." - LA Weekly

"Cartoon poses profound questions with every laugh... it will leave you thinking and discussing the play for the remainder of the evening." - Backstage

"At its core, Cartoon is a response to society, to violence, to corrupt leadership, and to twisted romance..." - TheatreForum Magazine

"The play slowly reveals itself as being more than just a wacky comedy about violence in the media... it speaks to a deeper, darker truth about people's ability to turn on one another without visualizing the cost of that betrayal. It is in these moments that Cartoon shines." - TheatreForum Magazine

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, Mime, No intermission, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music, Puppetry, Stage Combat, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

5m, 4f
TROUBLE - A cute, mischievous young man.
ESTHER - A bossy little girl with an old- fashioned microphone, a bad temper and a big imagination.
WINSTON PUPPET - A puppet with strings.
SUITOR - A hopeful boy clown.
DAMSEL - A bashful girl clown.
YUMI - A mischievous Anime school girl.
AKANE - A mischievous Anime school girl.
ROCKSTAR - A heartthrob giant stuffed animal with imposing claws.
VOLUNTEER - A hapless volunteer pulled from the audience.
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Drag performance
  • Room for Extras

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Authors

Steve Yockey

Steve Yockey is a Los Angeles based writer with work produced throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. His plays Afterlife, Octopus, Large Animal Games, CARTOON, Subculture, Very Still & Hard to See, The Fisherman’s Wife, Wolves, Disassembly, and Niagara Falls & Other Plays are published and available from Samuel French. A ...

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