A Delightful Quarantine

by  Mark Dunn

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  5m, 10f, 2girl(s)

"Sharp and witty, warm and very, very funny." –Williamsport Sun-Gazette

What would it be like to be confined with people you don't really know? Strange visitors leave behind a deadly disease that leaves seven separate households unexpectedly quarantined. Tells interwovven stories through a large ensemble cast.

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A Delightful Quarantine

by  Mark Dunn

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 10f, 2girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

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    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

An extra-terrestrial "invasion" of the suburban, middle-class community of Susqua Creek Acres, Pennsylvania places its human residents and visitors under sudden house-bound quarantine. Secrets get revealed, conflicts erupt and recede, long festering wounds are dressed, and friendships and relationships terminated or reinstated.

Offering the rare opportunity for large ensemble casting, A Delightful Quarantine presents audiences with the interwoven stories of a mother reunited with the daughter she gave up for adoption thirty-two years earlier; a man with a secret that upends his marriage; a woman with fourteen cats, all invisible; a foiled house burglary that must wait three days for the police; a rekindled high school romance; two young couture-obsessed little girls "home alone" for the duration; and a brother who cannot honor his sick sister's greatest wish.

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Reviews

"Sharp and witty, warm and very, very funny." –Williamsport Sun-Gazette

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The play is set in the present in the Susqua Creek Acres neighborhood of the town of Willspier, Pennsylvania. The composite set suggests seven different houses within that neighborhood. A downstage lectern represents, as well, the college classroom of Professor Lucy Fuller.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

5m, 10f, 2girl(s)

PROFESSOR LUCY FULLER, the narrator

House “A”
BARBARA MIDDLEBROOK - age 50
PAULA MIDDLEBROOK-CLOBB - her daughter, age 32
KITTY CIVETTE - Paula’s twin sister age 32

House “B”
JUDEEN DEMPSEY - age 48
CHESTER BANDERHORN - age 49

House “C”
BETHANY ROBBINS - age 38
CLARK WIGGLIN - age 38

House “D”
SHIRLEY WIGGLIN - age 38
ROY ROBBINS - age 38

House “E”
DIANDRA ROBBINS - age 11
JENNIFER WIGGLIN - age 11

House “F”
SUE STADLER - age 28
DEAN STADLER - age 26

House “G”
VIOLET BASSEY - age 70
MAVIS JEMCO - age 71
TUG GOFF - age 20

THE HAZ MAT SQUAD -all hooded and anonymous

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Drag performance
  • Features Children
  • Roles for Children
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

A Delightful Quarantine was written as a large ensemble piece. It also offers fun roles for two youthful actresses (who can play eleven years of age) and a star-turn, of sorts, via the role of the story's professorial narrator.

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Authors

Mark Dunn

Mark Dunn is the author of over thirty full-length plays, with two of his one-acts and eleven of his full-lengths published in acting edition by Samuel French, Inc. His award-winning plays BELLES, FIVE TELLERS DANCING IN THE RAIN, NORTH FORK: A TEXAS TRAGICOMEDY and A DELIGHTFUL QUARANTINE have together been produced ...

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A Delightful Quarantine was commissioned by the Community Theatre League in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, as part of the author's long association with this theatre through his playwright's residency there. It premiered on November 3, 2006. It was directed by Tom Ryersbach.

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