HISTORICALLY BAD FIRST DATES
Type: One Act
Genres: Comedy, Classics, Fantasy
Themes: Dating, Classic Adaptations, Shakespeare
Duration: 45-50 minutes
Speaking Cast: 4-10 females, 4-12 males, 2-9 either (10-31 total cast)
Flexibility: doubling possible, gender flexible
SYNOPSIS: On the edge of the Universe, Jenna and Achilles find themselves trapped in the offices of Millennium Relationship Services. Although they have never met, and have no idea of how they got there, this couple-to-be are taught how to avoid the pitfalls of relationships through crazily comic flashbacks to bad first dates throughout history, literature, and pop culture: Mark Antony and Cleopatra's disastrous first date right after the assassination of her husband, Julius Caesar; Macbeth and the future Lady Macbeth, Latonya, meeting for the first time on the moors; the Blind Date of Frankenstein; George Washington revealing his paranoid delusions to Martha; and Uncle Sam and his mail-order bride, a very French Statue of Liberty. With a flexible cast allowing for many actors (or easy doubling), this one-act comedy is perfect for drama festivals and competitions, or just a great evening of comedy theater.
Bonneville Jr High
Salt Lake City, UT
Borah High School
Union Town Area High School
Union Town, PA
The Community School
SMHS Drama Club
Woodstock, ON, Canada
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