Mastergate

by  Larry Gelbart

Radio Play, Satire/Political Satire  /  12m, 5f

"A chilling specter of more clandestine plans being hatched by fanatical nobodies passing through the government on their way to either jail or higher office." - The New York Times

"Scathingly funny." - Newsweek

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    12m, 5f
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

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Mastergate is the latest "gate" scandal. The author of M*A*S*H and Sly Fox has fashioned this satiric farce as a congressional hearing looking into shady doings between a film studio and the White House. The C.I.A. has armed banana republic guerrillas with millions laundered though the budget of the forthcoming epic 'Tet: The Movie' . Television reporter Merry Chase provides the play by play as witnesses squirm before dim witted congressional interrogators who want to know what the President knew and did he have any idea that he knew it.
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"A chilling specter of more clandestine plans being hatched by fanatical nobodies passing through the government on their way to either jail or higher office." - The New York Times

"Scathingly funny." - Newsweek

Keywords

Politics

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Performing Groups

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

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  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

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  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Setting: The time is the morning after. The place is Washington, D.C.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

12m, 5f

The Committee:
SENATOR BOWMAN
REPRESENTATIVE PROCTOR
SHEPHERD HUNTER
SENTAOR BYERS
REPRESENTATIVE SELLERS
SENATOR KNIGHT

The Witnesses:
STEWARD BUTLER
ABEL LAMN
SECRETARY OF STATE BISHOP
MAJOR MANLEY BATTLE
VICE PRESIDENT BURDEN
WYLIE SLAUGHTER

The Lawyers:
MR, CHILD
MR. PICKER
MR. BOYLE
MR. CARVER

The Wives:
MRS. BUTLER
MRS. LAMB
MRS. BATTLE
MRS. BURDEN
MRS. SLAUGHTER

For Total Network News:
MERRY CHASE
CLAY FIELDER
TNN DIRECTOR
TNN CAMERAMAN

Pages:
CANDI BUNTING
LANCE BUNTING
ARCHER BOWMAN

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Authors

Larry Gelbart

Larry Gelbart

New York City on October 12, 1989 at the Criterion Stage Right. Directed by Michael Engler.

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