Merman on the Brink – Dark Comedy about A Mental Breakdown

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Pete has reached the end of his tether and is frantically paddling in a small boat away from shore. His life isn’t going the way he wanted. People at work have stolen his ideas, his girlfriend has left him and he feels that there is nothing else for him. At least this escape from the world is going to plan. That is, until an actual Merman accosts him in the middle of the water to point out to him that as he is not on the ocean, but actually in the middle of small man made lake, his chances of escape are probably going as well as the rest of his life. At first, Pete believes that he’s hallucinating, most likely due to the prescription medication he is on. But as the Merman starts to offer him a life that’s different from his own, a better life under the waves, and all the gold and mermaids he would like, Pete starts to believe that the Merman is real and bent on killing him by luring him under the waves. In the end, Pete must face a final battle to save himself. Whether you think the battle is real or imaginary, is up to you. A dark comedy about a mental breakdown.

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MERMAN ON THE BRINK – DARK COMEDY ABOUT A MENTAL BREAKDOWN

Pete has reached the end of his tether and is frantically paddling in a small boat away from shore. His life isn’t going the way he wanted. People at work have stolen his ideas, his girlfriend has left him and he feels that there is nothing else for him. At least this escape from the world is going to plan. That is, until an actual Merman accosts him in the middle of the water to point out to him that as he is not on the ocean, but actually in the middle of small man made lake, his chances of escape are probably going as well as the rest of his life. At first, Pete believes that he’s hallucinating, most likely due to the prescription medication he is on. But as the Merman starts to offer him a life that’s different from his own, a better life under the waves, and all the gold and mermaids he would like, Pete starts to believe that the Merman is real and bent on killing him by luring him under the waves. In the end, Pete must face a final battle to save himself. Whether you think the battle is real or imaginary, is up to you. A dark comedy about a mental breakdown.

Marc Littmen is a playwright member of Theatre West in Los Angeles.

Other plays by Marc Littman:

Believe – a play about a man who believes Elvis will send him a sign to fix his life

Author: Marc Littman

Type: One act Play

Genre: Drama or dark comedy about a mental breakdown

Cast: 2M

Ages of the actors: Both adult, teens up

Suitable for: All ages to watch and teens up to perform

Length: 10 minutes

Set: A simple set. A makeshift swan boat – just an exercise bike with
a large papier mâché swan mounted on the front. Alongside the
swan boat is a shallow water-filled kiddie pool. Trident is
naked from the waist up. His lower body is clothed in a scaly
fish costume but his flipper feet protrude from the bottom. He
has a rubber trident, rubber fish and also a gold colored coin
as props.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – the play can be played in a variety of ways: As a drama or a dark comedy or even as a descent into madness.

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Copyright © August 2022 Marc Littman and off The Wall Play Publishers

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