You Better Watch Out

by  Don Hodgins

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5m, 2f

It's Christmas Eve at the Willow Inn. The hosts Jenny and Tom are having Art, (Jenny's father who's still mourning the passing of his wife) see their bed and breakfast for the first time. There's a snowstorm raging outside and three travelers are forced to lodge at the inn and wait it out.

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You Better Watch Out

by  Don Hodgins

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Christmas/Holiday
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

It's Christmas Eve at the Willow Inn. The hosts Jenny and Tom are having Art, (Jenny's father who's still mourning the passing of his wife) see their bed and breakfast for the first time. There's a snowstorm raging outside and three travelers are forced to lodge at the inn and wait it out. Rudy and Marsha who run a costume business together and a mysterious but cheerful man who claims to be in the delivery business named Mr. Smith. Only the Inn's handyperson Andy sees who Mr. Smith really is, the spirit of Christmas. Andy must help him make Art, who's been in a dark place for a very long time, see the joy of Christmas and who Mr. Smith really is!
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting: The living room of the Willow Inn. A bed and breakfast inn somewhere in Wisconsin.
  • 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

5m, 2f
JENNY RYAN - Warm, friendly, a pragmatist.
TOM RYAN - A nice average guy, a dreamer, thinks himself to be quite the comedian, his humor is never biting or satirical.
ANDY - Mentally challenged, views the world in simple terms but is capable of surprising intuition because of his unique point of view. 
ART CRAMER - Jenny's father, a widower.
RUDY POZNARSKI - Big, brass, bold, but never obnoxious, has no etiquette or social grace.
MARSHA POZNARSKI - The very, very pregnant wife of Rudy. 
MR. SMITH - A sophisticated, well dressed, middle-age gentleman, goodness personified, no facial hair.
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Cast Attributes

  • Cross gender casting

Casting Notes

ANDY can be played by a woman by changing the name to Annabelle and adjusting the pronouns.

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Authors

Don Hodgins

Don Hodgins

You Better Watch Out premiered at the Fanny Hill Dinner Theater of Eau Claire, Wisconsin on November 3, 1995 and was directed by Don Hodgins.

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