Two Tickets to Kathmandu
Edith Gluck was an aspiring and ‘serious’ actor before she met and married Barry Gluck. during a run of ‘As You Like It’. She became his assistant in “Barry the Parrot”, a very successful television show for children. When filming an Easter special before a live audience, the future of the show was destroyed by an unfortunate on-set disaster. After this event, the Gluck’s were left few alternatives. Hired for kid’s birthdays, office parties, touring pubs, clubs and legion halls performing abridged Shakespeare plays and skits with Barry in his parrot costume. While holidaying in Kathmandu, Barry Gluck was killed, when a delayed earthquake tremor struck while he was hanging, parrot style, upside down in a tree.. Edith, now a widow in her middle years, resides in the main floor apt of their house, which she firmly believes harbours the spirit of Mr. Gluck along with some artifacts from their past. Consequently, she is in the habit of addressing the spirit of Mr. Gluck as if he were still alive in the flesh. She also expects visitors and house guests to do the same. In her reality, Mr. Gluck, often interject comments in the style of a Shakespearean insult. The play opens when young. Percy Brewer, an aspiring actor (who knows a good opportunity when he sees one), comes looking to rent the advertised vacant room in the home of Mrs. Gluck. Their meeting is going to take them on a journey to Kathmandu in the quest to free the spirit of Barry Gluck to dwell among his beloved feathered friends.
Keywords: Barry Gluck is dead to everyone but Edith. The audience and Edith can see and hear him. Wearing parrot mask and interjecting Shakespearean insults. Percy Brewer an opportunistic young actor answers an ad for a room in Edith’s house Older woman. Younger man. Seduction. Travel to Kathmandu. The spirit of Mr. Gluck is released to join his friends. Edith meets Dr. Raj Kamur.
Run time: 88 minutes
Cast: 3 M / 1W
Dinner with Nigel.
Arthur and Martha were once a bon-vivant couple. Now middle aged, those good times are memories. Quick to find fault with each other, they often argue the details of what they once celebrated. Arthur recently lost his steady job and Martha constantly cajoles him to get off his butt and working again. Stranded in this tense relationship, while trying to rekindle happier days, Martha decides something must be done to save their marriage. Purely by chance after reading of an article in one of Arthur’s magazines, Martha takes a gamble on an investment in their future. Welcome to Nigel*. The answer to their prayers? A robot servant. Engineered to make life so much easier than one could ever imagine – at a price. Will this new member of the family bring harmony to their tense household? Oh, and it should be mentioned, Nigel is a ‘refurbished’ model. But then, nobody’s perfect.
For Nigel/ Nigella consider female or non- gender specific actor of any ethnicity with some movement skills. Although open to casting NIGEL with gender fluid actor, in this version Nigel is identified as ‘he’.
Keywords: Facing an uncertain future. Marriage breakdown. Seeking solutions. Investment in a refurbished robot.
Run time: 90 minutes
Male roles: 2
Female roles: 1
A conversation between two gay married men and a third uninvited and unwelcome ‘guest’. It takes place in a B & B the two men have visited on vacation for the past eight years. The familiar location acts as a confessional, providing a common ground to air and purge their differences and rekindle their commitment to each other. However, their vacation this year coincides with the time of an impending sickness carried by a species of rogue mosquito. This virus causes a fever with early symptoms of degenerative morbidity. Mozzie, the third character is visible in human form ONLY to the audience.
Keywords: A gay married couple hashing over problems in their marriage. This sensation is witnessed and interrupted by a life size mosquito. The threat of virus. Reflections of an impending pandemic. Dress to survive or you could die!
Genre: Dark Comedy.
Run time: 40 minutes
Cast:: (3) 2 M / 1 W
The Appointment of a Scapegoat.
Immediately following the death of their parents in a tragic car accident, two sisters Julia (the elder) and Charity (adopted) are about to reunite, not having seen each for eight years. This reunion is submerged in memories of their childhood games. The inherent jockeying for being appreciated commonly attached to sibling rivalry, is magnified by Charity (a.k.a. Little Sister) being unloved by the parents who adopted her. Revisiting the competitiveness that fuelled their childhood, becomes the driving energy to once again, win the stakes of whichever game is played. We are introduced to encounters with various boy-friends, Charity attracted before leaving home. Julia, although on the surface appears protective towards her Little Sister, bears a grudge. She welds a steely undercurrent that reveals a ruthless ambition to possess and control. There is also the question of her possible involvement in the fatal car accident of their parents. And the ensuing struggle for property and estate. Contributing to this dark tale are the ghosts of their ancient family roots, soaked in the Celtic calendar and rituals. The only possible solution to this jigsaw requires the appointment of a scapegoat.
Genre. Murderous Celtic drama. 97 pages.
Run time: 120 minutes
Male cast: 2 (if doubled)
Female cast 2 (see note).
N.B. Full cast would be 6 except possible casting of 2W / 2M*. If played by the same two women, both as children and adults. The four male characters with smaller roles could also be doubled. If that is not feasible. Number of cast members will be adjusted accordingly.
The Frozen Honeymoon.
After gambling to have his life suspended and stored in a cryonic container, Miriam Fitzmiller is about to defrost her husband Ronald, 50 years after their near fatal accident. The moment has arrived and she is about to revive him. Hoping that the interrupted consummation of their marriage can at last be fulfilled.
Keywords: What has changed in the world since Ronald was ‘put on ice’ over 50 years ago.?. Plus, there is an unconsummated marriage to be considered. She is almost 80. The young husband she is de-frosting is 25.
Run time: 30 minutes
Cast (2) 1M / 1 W
Put a Cherry on It*.
The three characters in this play constitute the interactive elements of each and every one of us. They represent parts of the individual persona. Doing, Talking and Feeling. The physical, mental and emotional behavioural traits we utilize and combine in varying percentages. Highlighted by reactions and words, when spoken. The questions asked are: (1) in a particular set of given circumstances, how do we apply and adjust our responses to each other. And, (2) In seeking our place in the world, what are we prepared to do for acceptance (3) How do we navigate the give and take required. (4) Does that describe how other people see us and does that oppose how we would define ourselves?
Keywords: Experimental. Talking, Action and Feelings. . Creation of drawing, painting or art object in process. Possible to extend into and fundraiser. Auction
An experimental play. An ‘objet d’art’ Drawing. Painting, Sculpture, Sketch, improvised and created during Act One can be offered up for auction in Act Two.
One Act play 15 mins*
(Possible Act Two – see notes below).
Cast (3) 2 M / 1 W
The experiment suggests an Act Two which offers the piece of ‘Art’ created in Act One for auction to the audience. Serving as a fundraiser for the performance company / group.
A plan for a perfect evening. A couple celebrating their anniversary at a restaurant for the upwardly mobile. Harry, too intelligent for his own good, is determined to be on his best behavior. We sense he could be asking for trouble walking into a place outside of his comfort zone. He might have been able to handle that but what happens when an alpha male, prone to jealousy, meets a tough bug that gets up his nose. And just before dinner is about to be served?…
Keywords: A planned celebration. Spoilt by jealousy. Confrontation with a bug in the nose. Paranoia. A huge sneeze. All’s Well That Ends Well.
Genre: Comedy, Sketch Comedy
Run time: 15 minutes
Male cast: 2
Female cast: 1