Earl the Vampire

by  Sean Michael Welch

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  9m, 7f

Hampton has a problem. He is a vampire and tired of being invisible. Against the wishes of his family, he appears on television, contracts to write a book and heads up a movement to establish vampires as a recognized minority group in America. What follows is a public that wishes to exploit him, a g…

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Earl the Vampire

by  Sean Michael Welch

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    9m, 7f

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Hampton has a problem. He is a vampire and tired of being invisible. Against the wishes of his family, he appears on television, contracts to write a book and heads up a movement to establish vampires as a recognized minority group in America. What follows is a public that wishes to exploit him, a government that wants to suppress him and a family that wants to disown him. Lurking in the background is Lord Evido, a.k.a. Earl. He is Hampton's worst fear: an old fashioned vampire who knows the danger of destroying an age old myth.
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  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance

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9m, 7f

The Family
EARL (LORD EVIDO) - Became a vampire in his mid to late 20s. Reclusive, sullen and mysterious.
ETHAN - Became a vampire in his mid to late 20s. Controlled and easy going. The family's patriarch.
HAMPTON - Became a vampire in his early 20s. Vain, self-absorbed and driven. 
SHANA - Became a vampire in late teens to early 20s. Foul-tempered, yet loving. The family's matriarch.
DANIEL - Became a vampire in his mid to late teens. Boyish, energetic, but somewhat slow.

The Outsiders
BRADY LENNOX -  Late 30s to early 40s. A local television talk show host. Loud and boisterous.
VANRUEGEN - Late 20s to early 30s. A government agent. Fast-talking, fast-thinking.
THE HUNTER - Late 30s to early 40s. A vampire hunter. Rugged and mean.
CHRISTY BANKS - Mid to late 20s. A television interviewer. Overly spirited and anxious to prove herself.
DETECTIVE BILLS - Mid to late 30s. A police detective. All business and by-the-book.
DETECTIVE SHARP - Early to mid 30s. A police detective. Comparable to his partner Bills, but with a slight edge.

The Representatives 
GRETCHEN - Became a vampire in her late 20s to early 30s. Politically-minded and exceedingly focused. 
LUCINA - Became a vampire in her early to mid 20s. Sexy and flirtatious. 
TRESA - Became a vampire in her late teens to early 20s. Youthful and brash.

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Casting Notes

*The CAMERAMAN and the MAN WITH SUMMONS to be played by the same actor as VANRUEGEN

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Sean Michael Welch

Sean Michael Welch was awarded the 1999 Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival John Cauble Short Play Award for Earl the Vampire, and won the 2000 KC/ACTF Region III Ten-Minute Play Competition for Charleston's Finger. He received a special commendation from the University of Michigan Board of Regents in 1 ...

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Earl the Vampire was first performed in its original form on February 13, 1998, at the University of Michigan Flint's Black Box Theatre. 

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