I hate it, but it’s true. I write better and faster when there’s a deadline looming. So when I got an e-mail from One Night Stand Theater artistic director James O’Leary about a Dec. 30 deadline for their next event, I did two things: I re-wrote/edited a previous and unpublished short play Imperfections, then penned a brand new sketch comedy Well Bred. And, I got them both in before deadline!
While neither script is an obvious fit for the Feb. 8 show’s theme: “Weird Love, Dark Kisses: Plays and Stories of Strange and Mysterious Romance,” and there’s no guarantee that either will be selected for this or any other of One Night Stand Theater’s productions, the prompt alone was enough to get my creative juices flowing. I later heard they are planning a “pet show” later in 2015, so Well Bred has doubled it’s odds of coming to life.
Imperfections is a provocative comedy that takes place in the near future. Chip and Cissy make an appointment to genetically engineer their first child at Build a Baby Corp. After selecting traits such as hair and eye color, the couple learns they must choose an “imperfection,” a flaw in their test tube baby which will create a challenge to overcome and so facilitate character development.
In Well Bred, a Golden Retriever and a Pomeranian go into a back yard to mate and produce “Golderanians”. Their courtship will become the stuff of legend, at least among pooches. Puppy love, with a randy twist! This one was a lot of fun to write, and is definitely PG or PG-13.
I am very grateful One Night Stand Theater exists, and have seen many of their productions, though they are now located in Aurora, which is a bit of a drive from Lakewood. The company showcases an evening of “reader’s theater” or “script in hand staging” of short works built around a theme. They first came to my attention years ago when they produced “The Bipolar Express,” a dysfunctional Christmas comedy. A couple of years ago they presented my comedy sketch Zombie Family Picnic, and it was hilarious.
Whether or not either of these scripts make it onto their slate, I encourage you to support One Night Stand Theater, and the new works, often by local writers, they inspire.
If you would like a reading copy of Imperfections or Well Bred, send me an e-mail. There’s a contact form on this blog somewhere.
Best wishes for a creative New Year!