In this one act farce, set in a studio in a radio station in the 1940’s, the cast of a popular radio show are held hostage by one of the show’s sponsors, Monty Navoli, who is furious that the show has been cancelled, and who also, unfortunately, appears to be a member of the mob. When it is discovered that the producer of the show, Walter St. Paul, has taken Monty Navoli’s money and spent it himself, Monty threatens to shoot him unless the show goes on air one last time. It all falls hilariously apart as the actors struggle to produce a whole show with only a few pages of script, no sound man and a gun pointed at their heads.
The play was selected as a finalist in Riant Theatre’s 2008 Strawberry One-Act Festival, and placed second in the Little Theatre of Alexandria’s 2009 one-act playwriting competition.
Author: M. Robert Grunwald
Genre: Comedy, farce
Type: One act farce
Length: Fifty minutes 50 min
Suitable for: All ages
Number of actors: Eleven actors and 4 non speaking policemen. 9M 2F as the main characters
Ages of the actors: Various – twenties to seventies, 20s-70s
Level of Difficulty: 6/10 – acting one part in real life and another ‘on the air’
Set: The Los Angeles studio of a radio show, 1940. Six microphones stand at front stage right, a sound effects station is at stage left. The walls are soundproofed appropriately, and an ON-AIR light hangs above a door at the back of the studio. There is a long table at the back.
The author states that the play should be produced unaltered. Read more about playwright M. Robert Grunwald
Cost is $10.50 for this digital script
Copyright 2008 M. Robert Grunwald Off The Wall Plays
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