THEATRE MAD by Barbara Alfaro

£6.00

Seven comedies about love and theatre and loving theatre.

A celebrity animal actor gives a very up close and personal interview in The Sirius Interview. Tru Story shows an out of work clown and a young wife in an unlikely friendship. A mother and daughter share a bumpy ride in Car Ma. The Dogs of Paradise wait for their owners to finish serving sentences in Purgatory. An actress, longing for work in theatre, collides with true love in One of Those Places. New York actors rehearse a play about New Jersey in Springtime in Paris. In Theatre Mad, theatre dreams and money woes duke it out in a young couple’s marriage. Seven comedies about love and theatre and loving theatre.

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CHARACTERS

THE SIRIUS INTERVIEW;

INTERVIEWER, a rather serious fellow

LOUISE CASH, a professional dog trainer

TAD SIRIUS, an animal actor superstar

 

TRU STORY:

TRUDY, a clown

VANESSA, a housewife

BABY, Vanessa’s daughter

 

CAR MA:

JENNY, a high school drama teacher

MA, her mother

PASSERBY, an attractive man

 

THE DOGS OF PARADISE:

POOKIE, a female Papillon whose owner was a vain movie star. Pookie wears long beautiful ribbons over each of her ears.

BUSKER PUGGLES, a Pug whose owner, a contemporary of Charles Dickens, envied and plagiarized Dickens’ work. Busker speaks with a Cockney accent. He wears a bow tie.

TAPAS, a rotund mix of quite a few different breeds, a pug body, a terrier head, a curly unidentifiable tail, a patchwork of colors, a real hodgepodge. Tapas speaks with a Brooklyn accent. His owner was a world famous and very overweight chef. Tapas wears a diamond collar.

RANDY, a Russian wolfhound whose owner was a notorious playboy. He wears an ascot.

SNAP, a Jack Russell terrier whose owner had a terrible temper. He wears a red bandana.

CASHMERE, a female Poodle whose owner was an unethical corporate executive. Cashmere wears a cashmere dog sweater and a collar embedded with diamonds, rubies and emeralds. She also wears a diamond tiara. Second only to her fondness for gems is her fondness for puns.

SNORE, an Old English Sheep Dog who sleeps an inordinate amount of time, even for a dog, and snores, sometimes very loudly. His owner was a slacker who was always on the dole. Snore wears a nightcap.

MYSTERIOUS DOG, a female Corgi little is known about. Mysterious Dog wears a flower in her hair.

 

ONE OF THOSE PLACES:

LUCY, an actress

MUMSIE, Lucy’s mother

JON, a psychologist

 

PARIS IN THE SPRINGTIME:

MAY GOODLE, twenty something, idealistic, a believer in good karma. She is wearing casual rehearsal clothes.

CINDY SPARKS, thirty something, a cynic, but underneath all the cynicism, a tender if somewhat jaded heart. She is also wearing casual rehearsal clothes.

LAURR-REN LE PEN, forty-ish, very “theatrical” in the worst sense of the word. She is wearing flashy colors, scarves, lots of costume jewelry, and way too much make-up.

LUCAS VALENTINI, an honorable man who is also quite handsome.

 

THEATRE MAD:

BEBE LANGAN, an actress

MIKE KOROVIN, her husband, an editor

MARIA LILINA, a Russian aristocrat

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

“The Sirius Interview” and “Tru Story” were produced by Source Theatre in Washington, DC at their annual summer festival of plays. “Car Ma” was produced by the Madcap Players in Washington, DC at their winter carnival of plays.

RUNNING TIME

Approximately 90 minutes in total

 

 

PREVIEW

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