A Play

A friend of mine had a birthday party recently.  He encouraged people to bring one-act plays, which would then be performed (script-in hand, not memorized) in front of the group.  I wanted to write something myself, and wanted something that wasn’t quite a standard play.  The best way, I thought, was to add some improvization elements.  So I came up with what is essentially a MadLibs-style play.  After taking audience suggestions for the blank words, a trio of actors performed the play without any prior rehersal.

The performance ended up being funnier than I could have imagined.

I’ve uploaded the Word Document of the play below:

A Very [adjective] Play

Edit: trying a new link to the play:

A Very [adjective] Play

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5 Responses to “A Play”

  1. Adam Says:

    The link to your play doesn’t work. 😦

  2. Sarah Says:

    I like your play! I imagine it would be very funny to perform/watch.

    Also, I have never heard of a one-act-play birthday party…

  3. wmdot Says:

    Filling in the blanks in honor of today…

    Scurvy
    Flogging
    Davy Jones’ Locker
    Bilge Rat
    Sea Legs
    Hornswaggled
    Booty (?)
    Broadside
    Mutiny
    Marooned
    Galleon
    Plunder
    Scuttle
    Smartly
    Aft
    Handsomely
    Furled
    Listingly
    Rope’s End (?)
    Wenches

    All words found at http://homepage.mac.com/crabola/PirateGlossary/Menu22.html
    Sorry about the couple that don’t fit well.

  4. oneirichaberdasher Says:

    Well played with the pirate jargon!

    It hadn’t occured to me that filling-in-the-blanks allows for ad-hoc adherence to theme. Well done indeed.

  5. wmdot Says:

    The whole ‘bring a one-act play to my birthday party’ thing seems so bourgeois (not that i don’t love the idea, and your play). It really seems like something out of some Tolstoy novel. It needed some pirates.

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