TUNE IN – TWO ACT COMEDY ABOUT A TELEVISION STATION
When Danton Stanton ‘accidentally’ kills oil tycoon Mr. Paramount, he alters his will and inherits Mr Paramount’s long neglected TV station, also ‘by accident.’ Danton decides to make the best of things and together with his best friend Walton Harley they team up with a bunch of misfits who between them, have had SOME previous television experience. These include the elderly Beverly Kraft, recently fired from her job at the community college, and Fred Feltbetter, an ageing has-been who fell far from grace in his previous job at the local rival TV network, and who now moonlights as Liza Justice, a cabaret singer. Between the four of them, they come up with a plan to rescue the failed TV station and best the evil rival network.
The entirety from opening to last period of this play is dedicated to my best friend of more years than I can count, William Harris, one of the most ingenious people I know, who was instrumental in co-crafting every one of the characters in this show and remain largely unchanged from their original conjuring. Below is an excerpt from their debut concept novella, now hidden on an external hard drive, never to be seen by eyes other than our own, featuring the scene in which the cast of characters prepare to walk through a haunted house attraction, an experience not unlike writing this concept stageplay:
“Now listen here, Comrades,” said Mr. Feltbetter. “This is gonna’ be really scary. So, if you need a hand to hold or a shoulder to scream into, you can just come right on over to me. I’ll be happy to help you though this!” Walton and Danton stood up and began to exit the RV, closely followed by Mr. Feltbetter and Beverly. As they crossed the parking lot, they were enveloped by the scent of cheap rubber masks and what smelled like a large supply of Dark and Gorgeous hair product.” –
I sincerely hope that this play can gift to you the laughter and joy that our friendship has provided over the years. It was a true joy to be able to bring a teenage dream to life. Anything can happen. A gospel singer could emerge from your closet, sing the hallelujah chorus, and then return to the shadows of your moth-eaten, forgotten sweaters and disappear. Never discount what seems unlikely.”
Timothy D. Starnes
Author: Timothy Starnes
Genre: Two act comedy for a large cast
Type: Two act play
Cast: 11 main parts (at least 5M 1F rest written as M but could be played by either gender and up to 25 parts in total, many of which can be doubled.
Ages of the actors: Twenties to eighties
Suitable for: All ages
Length: 100 minutes (1.5-2 hours)
Set: Various – a courtroom, a dilapidated office, the outside of a warehouse
Level of difficulty: 7/10 – this script gets its humour from characterization of the parts.
Cost is $5
Copyright © October 2014 Timothy Starnes and Off The Wall Play Publishers
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