Cabo San Lucas

by  Lisa Soland

Short Play, Comedy  /  2m, 1f

"Those tired of playing second fiddle to the showier male roles might take a page from the author of this one act...who wrote a meaty starring role for herself...a great role for women, by a woman." - Jenelle Riley, Back Stage West

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Cabo San Lucas

by  Lisa Soland

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Cabo San Lucas is a romantic comedy about two misfits and a postal employee who turn an apartment upside down while searching for love, courage and something to sell on Ebay. Two men break into a house and start grabbing everything they can. Little do they know that they're not alone. It seems that the owner, a young woman whose fiancé just left her, has taking a fistful of sleeping pills with some booze and is trying to sleep away her troubles for good under a blanket on the couch. When she's discovered, she's so discombobulated that it takes her a while to figure out that she's being robbed. When she does discover it, she doesn't really care (she was just killing herself anyway). It turns out that while the one crook is a hardened criminal, the other is just a nice guy who happened to have a gun and who has been manipulated by the other one. The nice guy is horrified when he finds out that she's trying to kill herself. The bad guy takes off with the loot, but the good one stays behind and calls 911. In the midst of Grace's attempted suicide being thwarted by two house burglars, there are many comedic opportunities. And although funny, Cabo San Lucas has substance and truth that will make anyone feel for our human condition and frailty.
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Reviews

"Those tired of playing second fiddle to the showier male roles might take a page from the author of this one act...who wrote a meaty starring role for herself...a great role for women, by a woman." - Jenelle Riley, Back Stage West

"Cabo San Lucas also features its writer, Lisa Soland, in a lead role and Soland knows her comic strengths and plays to them. Her Grace, abandoned by her fiancé as they were about to leave for a Cabo San Lucas honeymoon (and currently being burgled by two incompetents as she attempts to bid the world good-bye with an overdose of sleeping pills), is hilarious. Her progression as the pills begin to take effect is a small tour de force of physical comedy. Jeff Charlton, as nasty burglar Jack, displays both nice timing and effective menace, and Bill Lewis, as the hapless Guy, is appealing as the boy who burgles girl, boy saves girl, boy may get girl in the end. Director Linda L. Rand paces the play well and uses her actors' abilities effectively. The show's production values are simple but perfectly appropriate for this easy-to-like afternoon." - Janis Hashe, NoHo La News Magazine

Keywords

Death, Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: Grace’s living room.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

2m, 1f
JACK - 20s to 40s.  The man in charge of robbing Grace.  Impatient, quick to anger, and at times ominous and frightening.
GUY - 20s to 40s.  The sweet, bumbling oak who owns the gun that Jack needs to rob GRACE.  Happy-go-lucky, sweet and gentle. 
GRACE - 20s to 40s.  Sweet, honest and pure of heart.  Prior to the start of the play, she’s taken an overdose of sleeping pills.

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Flexible casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Any ages over 18 work as long as they're congruent with each other.

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Authors

Lisa Soland

Lisa Soland's plays Waiting, Cabo San Lucas, Truth Be Told,

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CABO SAN LUCAS was originally produced at The Tamarind Theatre in Hollywood, California, on November 2, 2002.  It was directed by Linda L. Rand and produced by Sophie Rose Productions in association with The Florida Project.

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