Walking on the Moon

by  Jason Milligan

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  10m, 6f

"A scathing parody of the dark side of human nature. The laughs and ridicule are plentiful, and the satire on target." - The Los Angeles Times

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Walking on the Moon

by  Jason Milligan

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    10m, 6f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

This fresh, highly original comedy tells the story of ex-astronaut Chad Williams, the last man ever to walk on the moon … and the only man to have a hit-and-run accident on the lunar surface!  Back in the ‘70s, Chad accidentally slammed into his co-pilot with the lunar rover, leaving the poor guy in a coma ever since!   Permanently blacklisted by NASA, Chad has been reduced to a life of shame and humiliation, eking out a living as a third-rate celebrity pitchman on late-night TV commercials (“carpet so soft, you’ll swear you’re walking on the moon!”).   Chad is presented with an opportunity to redeem himself and regain his place in the spotlight.  The only problem is, there are strings attached … as well as possible murder charges!  In spite of his reservations, Chad throws caution to the wind and blasts off into an orbit of celebrity infamy.  He is soon surrounded by colorful crackpots and conniving con-men …  and ultimately wishes he were still up there, “Walking on the Moon.”
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Accolades

  • Winner! 1995 Southeastern Theatre Conference's Charles M. Getchell New Play Award

Reviews

“Outrageously wicked fun, pure and simple!” – Hollywood Weekly

“The parable to today’s headlines hits our skewered ethics bull’s-eye … A smashing, fine, fun, madcap evening, with a wonderful ensemble cast smartly flown by director Natalija Nogulich … We enthusiastically recommend you see Walking on the Moon. It is our Critic’s Pick of the Week. – American Radio Network

“… the script is sharp and winning, packed with lovely absurdist details.  Not only is the premise ingenious, but … perfectly executed … Milligan’s play is a pure pleasure, perfectly performed here. This may be the closest local theatre ever comes to a sure bet; don’t miss it.” – Entertainment Today

“In a scathing parody of the dark side of human nature, Milligan takes aim at … Hollywood, the exploitative media, and a corrupt, ineffective judicial system.  The laughs and ridicule are plentiful, and the satire on target ….” – Los Angeles Times

“Milligan’s craft shows in the play’s clear structure of a man falling from grace and finding redemption.” – Daily Variety

“A sparkling comedy … loaded with laughs.” – Beverly Hills News

“The best comedy to hit Los Angeles and its environs in many a Moon!” – California Jewish Press

Walking on the Moon shines brightly with a galaxy of stars … I felt like I’d flown over the Moon!” – Movie Gazette

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: The action of the play takes place in various suggested locales:  Chad's home, Arthur's office, a restaurant, a hospital room, a courtroom, etc.  The time: not too long ago, in and around a town called Hollywood.  The various settings should be suggested by one or two set pieces each so that the blackouts can be as short as possible.  Light and sound design will play an important role in establishing the various locations.

  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

10m, 6f
CHAD WILLIAMS - An ex-astronaut.
MAUREEN - Chad's wife.
ARTHUR - A talent agent.
KIMBERLY - Arthur's daughter.
TOM SCOTT - An ex-astronaut.
NADINE - Tom's alcoholic wife.
REGGIE - Chad's boss.
BENJAMIN FREEMAN - A sleazy lawyer.
EARL - A prisoner.
MYRON CASNOFF - A psychiatrist.
LOUELLA - Reggie's girlfriend.

The following roles may be doubled:
A PRODUCER, JUDGE, DISTRICT ATTORNEY, BAILIFF, TWO POLICE DETECTIVES, TOM'S DOCTOR, A TV CAMERA CREW, and SEVERAL PARTY GUESTS.
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

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Authors

Jason Milligan

Jason Milligan's many stage plays have been performed in numerous productions across the United States, as well as in Canada and Europe. Thirty-seven of his plays are now published by Samuel French Inc., including ...And Then the Rain Came to Mayfield; Cross Country; New York Stories; Southern Exposures; The Prettiest ...

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Walking on the Moon was originally presented as a staged reading in Hollywood featuring Burt Reynolds and Joe Mantegna.

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