Sin, Sex & the C.I.A.

by  Michael Parker, Susan Parker

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 4f

"Laught out loud hilarity, the laughs are relentless." - The Press-enterprise
"Rib splittingly funny. A complex and hilariously funny plot. The Parkers are masters at this style of theatre." - Englewood Sun Hearald

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

Huge oil reserves have been discovered in The Chagos Islands, a vast archipelago stretching for hundreds of miles across the Indian Ocean. O.P.E.C. is pressuring the Chagosians to join the cartel. The Chagosians, however, are interested in placing themselves under the protection of the U.S. A secret meeting between a representative of the islands and a U.S. under secretary of state, Margaret Johnson, has been arranged in a C.I.A. safehouse in the mountains of Virgina. Unfortunately, no one knows who the island's representative really is.  Concerned about possible O.P.E.C. interference, the C.I.A. has sent agent Luke James to secure the cabin. An eager beaver on his first field assignment, we are left to wonder how he ever got the job. He gets caught in all his own booby traps, manages to electrocute himself, sets himself on fire, gets a bucket stuck on his head, and if that isn't enough, he finally locks himself in his own handcuffs! We discover that Daniel Warren is replacing the regular safe-house caretaker, Mr. Cole, who was having some medical problems. Daniel is an ex marine with a dry wit, who has little patience for Luke James or the C.I.A., which he calls the "Complete Idiots Academy". To complicate matters, he finds himself the target of Margaret Johnson's overactive libido. The stage is now set for the entrance of The Reverend Samuel Abernathy, a hell and damnation evangelist, who finds sin around every corner, even when there isn't any. His car has broken down, not far from the cabin, and he is stranded. He seeks shelter for the night, for himself and Millicent, his dowdy and innocent (or is she?) secretary. Adding to the chaos is Heather Ann Faraday, the sexy, mysterious next door neighbor, who also needs to stay the night because her power went out in the storm.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"The Parkers' are a HUGE HIT in Pennsylvania! In my 30 years of directing and acting in plays, I can honestly say that the audience response was never better. They began to laugh and they NEVER STOPPED LAUGHING!!" M. Barger, President Clarion Community Theater.

"This play has character development, as every good play must. The plot has more turns than Soda Bay Road. I can't say much about the plot...I don't want to give it away...so that you get all the laughs coming to you, and so I can contiue typing without breaking up. If you know what's good for you, you'll go." - Record Bee

"Packed with double entendres and lot of humor, comic moments and hearty laughs."  Sarasota Hearld Tribune

"Nearly every element of comic farce is present in this show - for an audience that means laughter from beginning to end!" - Paradise Playhouse, Excelsior Springs, MO

"The playwrights have another hit here." - The Valley Chronicle

"Laught out loud hilarity, the laughs are relentless." - The Press-enterprise

"Rib splittingly funny. A complex and hilariously funny plot. The Parkers are masters at this style of theatre." - Englewood Sun Hearald

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Outdoor
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A C.I.A. safehouse somewhere in the mountains of Virginia.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

3m, 4f

LUKE JAMES - 25-30; likeable; enthusiastic; hopelessly incompetent. A CIA agent on his first field assignment. We are left to wonder how he ever got the job. He gets caught  in his own booby traps, he walks into walls, he sets fire to the kitchen, he gets a bucket stuck on his head, etc. In short, if there's a wrong way to do something, he'll find it! He continues to repeat throughout the play, "I can do that!" but, in fact as Margaret says, "He really can't do anything."
DANIEL WARREN - 50-60; competent, a "tough guy" with a quick, dry wit. Daniel introduces himself as a retired Marine Corps Sergeant. In fact, he is a mercanary hired by OPEC. He is "all business," and quickly realizes how easily he can handle Luke James. Possessing a sharp southern wit, he is never at a loss for words, especially when he repeatedly catches the Reverend Samuel Abernathy in compromising situations. Pursued relentlessly by Margaret, he manages to remain professional, and complete his assignment.
MARGARET JOHNSON - 35-55; attractive; determined; a "sexual predator." She is an Assistant Secretary of State, she is a professional, and as we would expect, good at her job. However, it is the other side of Margaret, which brings her character to life. She appears to be run by her libido. Never subtle, Margaret relentlessly pursues Daniel throughout the play. Despite his repeated rejections, she will not take no for an answer. Ever resourceful, she continually finds new ways to entice him into her bed.
THE REVEREND SAMUEL ABERNATHY - 50-60; arrogant; bombastic; but never-the-less, sincere in his beliefs. A quintessential television evangelist, complete with white linen suit and pompadour hairstyle. He tends to "talk down" to people and is constantly preaching. Eventually however, we see he does not always practice what he preaches. Throughout the play, he constantly misinterprets everything he sees and hears, until finally, he is left totally and thoroughly confused, and presents himself as a rather pathetic figure.
MILLICENT - 25-30; shy; frumpy; compassionate; then finally, "a bombshell." The Reverend Samuel Abernathy's secretary. She is correctly referred to by Samuel as "an innocent". She is dowdy and unglamorous, in fact, "A Plain Jane," who makes no attempt to improve her appearance. It is only when she finds herself attracted to Luke, that we see what is perhaps the real Millicent. After taking a seduction lesson from Heather, she emerges from her shell, in one of the plays most hilarious scenes.
HEATHER ANN FARADAY - 30-35; glamorous; sexy; smart; has a great sense of humor. Introduces herself as the neighbor from the next cabin, but she is, in fact, Daniel's partner and fellow O.P.E.C. agent. She plays the role of the Chagos Islands Representative with competence and a great deal of Panache. Although a mercenary, she shows a kind and sympathetic side when Millicent asks her for help.
RANGER DON - Unassuming; competent; business-like. He is, in fact, Donna Yarid, the real representative of the Chagos Islands, Disguised as a man. A brief role, but one, which at the very end of the play, holds the key to the entire plot.

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Michael Parker

Michael Parker has been active in the theatre almost all his life. At age fourteen, in England where he was born and raised, he won the title role in a regional production of Terence Rattigan's play, The Winslow Boy, for which he received a "Best Actor of the Year" award. By age seventeen he was touring with The Nation ...

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Susan Parker

Susan Parker

Sin, Sex & the C.I.A. was first produced at the Lemon Bay Playhouse in Englewood, Florida on August 15th, 2006.

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