California Odyssey

by  Jack Frakes

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  8m, 9f

A romantic comedy (with a touch of fantasy and myth) about the hopes, struggles, and adventures of Corky, Tad, and Jinx, on a day-an-a-half trip from San Francisco to San Diego. Tad, a serious, practical "desert rat," anxiously eager to get to his sister's wedding on time, is traveling with his cous…

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California Odyssey

by  Jack Frakes

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    Cast Size

    8m, 9f

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A romantic comedy (with a touch of fantasy and myth) about the hopes, struggles, and adventures of Corky, Tad, and Jinx, on a day-an-a-half trip from San Francisco to San Diego. Tad, a serious, practical "desert rat," anxiously eager to get to his sister's wedding on time, is traveling with his cousin and friend, Corky Saylors, a mischievous, slightly zany "beach bum" and talented photographer. The trip is complicated when they encounter Jinx, a charmingly flirtatious young woman, who is eagerly seeking her father, a rodeo man, to write his story for a movie. She convinces them to visit Carnival people, Jinx's relatives at the Swan Café who give her a Treasure Box - not to be opened - and her mother, an actress, where she hears her father is in the California desert. Squabbles over more side trips to the journey, fears from a hitchhiker, a rescue from an old prospector, who was the friend of her father's, temptations over opening a Treasure Box given to Jinx, and romance between Jinx and the two young men cause delays, adventures...and fun.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance

Production

Details

  • Setting: There are different locations in California that include two or three playing areas, depending the size of the stage. The “Car,” is where most of the scenes take place, is at stage right or center. The other one or two areas involve simple settings for: Carnival Concession, Swan Café, Mobile Home, Desert Oasis Gas Station and Street Scene in San Diego’s Gaslight District that includes the whole stage. Signs, furniture and props define the specific location. The areas may overlap, particularly if the stage is small.

Casting

8m, 9f
MALE
CORKY SAYLORS
TAD MILLER
MALE CARNIE: BARKER
HERMAN
RELIGIOUS PERSON
E.L. “SPIT” PARTCH
VILLAIN
STORMY O’BRIEN

FEMALE
JINX O’BRIEN
WOMAN CARNIE #1
WOMAN CARNIE #2
LITA
ZULIE
MARGO LOVEJOY
ROSIE
BEVERLY “BABE” BORDEN
SALLY
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  • Flexible casting

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