The Sensuous Senator

by  Michael Parker

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 5f

"A madcap...hilarious and timely American farce...The sold out audience barely had time to catch a breath between laughs." - Observer
"Succeeds [with] all the classical farce elements...The energy builds, and by the time the night is over, the audience is left roaring." - Delray Times

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The Sensuous Senator

by  Michael Parker

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 5f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
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    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

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    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

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Senator Douglas is running for President on a "morality" platform, but when his wife Lois leaves to attend a conference in Chicago he does not hesitate to invite Veronica, his secretary and lover, over. Finding her unavailable, he has an escort agency send voluptuous Fiona. All seems well until his elderly Congressional colleague and neighbor locks himself out and asks to spend the night. Then Congressman Jack Maguire drops in unexpectedly and Fiona, unsure who her client is, zeros in on him. Meanwhile, Veronica changes her plans and appears on the scene. Before Lois reaches the airport, her fashionable Washington townhouse is swarming with libidinous politicians, scantily dressed women, security police and a muckraking reporter from The National Intruder! When snow closes the airport and she returns home, the bedlam crescendos to a surprise ending in this outrageous farce by the author of The Amorous Ambassador.
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"A madcap...hilarious and timely American farce...The sold out audience barely had time to catch a breath between laughs." - Observer

"Succeeds [with] all the classical farce elements...The energy builds, and by the time the night is over, the audience is left roaring." - Delray Times

"Sensational." - Naples Daily News

"A rollicking bedroom farce." - Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel

"This hilarious new comedy will keep you in constant laughter." - Corpus Christi Caller-Times

"Two thumbs up! The funniest stage comedy in recent memory." - Midland Reporter -Telegram




Performing Groups

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


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License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The prologue takes place in a Senate anteroom, early evening in January. The main action of the play takes place in the Washington D.C. townhouse of Senator and Mrs. Douglas later that same evening.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


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


4m, 5f

SENATOR HARRY DOUGLAS - 45-65; suave; elegant; imposing. As a candidate for President of The United States, he presents a character with the careful combination of the external politician and the real Harry who is, of course, "The Sensuous Senator." A man whose libido has him constantly in trouble, he is, by his very nature, not only the philanderer the title suggests, but something of a natural clown.
LOIS DOUGLAS - 40s; kind; caring; motherly. The Senator's long suffering wife, who is blissfully unaware of her husband's continual infidelities. The impeccably groomed, ever attentive, and smiling politician's wife.
CONGRESSMAN JACK MAGUIRE -  30s; young; idealistic; naive. A first term congressman. Early in Act I he inadvertently takes a massive dose of sleeping pills and spends the rest of the play falling asleep and avoiding the clutches of Fiona, who is fiercely determined to get him into bed.
CONGRESSMAN CLYDE SALT - 60s; old; almost senile; a natural comedian who steals the show. An elderly congressman, a cynic and wit. A pivotal character whose dry sense of humor creates laughs galore as he sees, (when he can find his glasses) yet does not see,  all the incredible happenings occurring around him.
FIONA - 20s; young; bright; perky; sexy. A high class call girl who, in her own words, "specializes in members of Congress." While she spends most of the play in her underwear, she should not be seen as cheap or tawdry. 
MISS MORRISON - Serious; businesslike; humorless. An investigative reporter for "The National Intruder," she keeps 'poppin up' throughout the play. Her ever present camera is always poised as she seeks that elusive photograph of the Sensuous Senator 'caught in the act'.
VERONICA: 20s-40s; Harry's secretary and lover. When Harry asks her on the phone "Can your hormones come over tonight?" she can and they do! Playing the role of the sexy temptress, she is totally frustrated throughout the evening by all the action going on around her. She finally gives up and 'blows the whistle.' A stunning, voluptuous seductress.
THE POLICEMAN - the closest anyone comes to being 'the straight man.' Constantly appearing at the most inappropriate times (for Harry and his paramours) to do searches and security checks, his rather serious manner creates many opportunities for laughs.

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Flexible casting
  • Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Parts for Senior Actors



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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THE SENSUOUS SENATOR was first produced at the Delray Beach Playhouse, Delray Beach, Florida on July 7, 1988.

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