How Does a Thing Like that Get Started?

by  Pat Cook

Short Play, Comedy  /  7m, 4f

In this wonderfully convoluted, hilariously funny play, Pat Cook presents us with the anatomy of a rumor. What starts as a simple exercise in the psychology of rumor-passing quickly develops into small town chaos. 

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How Does a Thing Like that Get Started?

by  Pat Cook

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    7m, 4f

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In this wonderfully convoluted, hilariously funny play, Pat Cook presents us with the anatomy of a rumor. What starts as a simple exercise in the psychology of rumor-passing quickly develops into small town chaos. One rumor dies a quick death, another takes off and has the town in an uproar, all the way up to City Hall!
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  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

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  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Setting: The town park in a typical American small town, somewhere in the South.

Casting

7m, 4f
DOC - The narrator of our little human comedy, he is a man in his late thirties.
MAUDE - A feisty, quarrelsome old lady who spends most of her time arguing with...
MYRTLE - Another feisty, quarrelsome old lady.
TITUS LYDECKER - A yardstick-straight, tight-lipped man in his early fifties.
J.C. - A man in his early thirties; a regular guy and a park bench frequentor.
HARLEY - A man, around forty, who is the implied, self-appointed president of the "Spit and Whittle Club",
EFREM - A dim-wit in his early twenties.
BEULAH DELEPLAIN - A pompous hen of a woman, older than thirty but she's not telling how much.
CY OGLETHORPE - A store owner in his late thirties.
MISS UNDERWOOD - A secretary at City Hall; an attractive woman around twenty-five years old.
EDITOR MEAD - A thirty-five-year-old newspaper editor.
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Pat Cook

Pat Cook got his first taste of seeing his work in print when he was still in high school in Frankston, Texas, writing for the school paper. Then, during the summers, he wrote a column for his hometown newspaper. It wasn't until college, however, when he saw the movie version of Neil Simon's The Odd Co ...

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