The Problem-Solver

by  Valerie Smith, Michael Bigelow Dixon

10 Minute Play, Comedy  /  3m, 2f

A weekend getaway runs awry thanks to incomplete lawn furniture set and a some reheated mayonnaise. Can five grown adults survive the chaos and dysfunction surmounting at their beach house?

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    10 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

A weekend getaway runs awry thanks to incomplete lawn furniture set and a some reheated mayonnaise. Can five grown adults survive the chaos and dysfunction surmounting at their beach house?
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: Summer. A beach house.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

3m, 2f
PHIL – mid-20s, married to Megan
MEGAN – mid-20s, married to Phil
TINA – mid-20s, married to Jer
JER – mid-20s, married to Tina
KURT – mid-20s, friend of Phil’s, not married to anyone
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting

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Authors

Valerie Smith

Valerie Smith

Michael Bigelow Dixon

Michael Bigelow Dixon is a playwright, director, and professor of theatre. For 17 years, he supervised the reading and selection of plays for the annual Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. He then moved to Minneapolis where he created a new play program that commiss ...

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The Problem-Solver was first produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville on December 11, 1989. It was directed by Fred Major.

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