McNaughtin & Son
by Leslie Bramm
MARVELOUS: 17. Rebellious,
provocative. Probably gay.
PETER McNAUGHTIN: 40s. A proud
Military man. Mid-life crisis.
BOBBIE ROSS-McNAUGHTIN: 40’s.
Peter's wife. Aloof, A-type. Self-absorbed.
MAN: 50s. Plays a variety of
characters including PM1, Mr. Farmer, a Board Member, a Judge, Lt. Bean.
Spring-Summer, now. Norfolk Navel Base, Norfolk Virginia. The McNaughtin
back yard. We see the façade of the house and a back porch. Other wise the
yard is dull and uniform. The backyard of the McNaughtin home in Norfolk,
Virginia. A track, a police station, a cocktail party, Paris Island, South
Peter McNaughtin has spent an
uneventful career in the Coast Guard. He is separated from his A-type wife
Bobbie, who sees very little outside of the world she’s involved in. Like a
good WASP Bobbie over strives, drinks too much and has the tendency to say
mean things. Peter’s life is quickly slipping out of control. 23 years in a
meaningless job. Only rising to a moderate rank. Peter feels on the verge of
truly becoming what his wife has called him. A nowhere man. He places all
hope in his teenage son— a track star and state champion on the verge of
winning the biggest race of is life. If he does this he gets a slot on the
Olympic team, a chance at an athletic scholarship, and most importantly he
becomes the hero his father needs him to be. This would give Peter a sense
of the meaning his life has been lacking.
Peter McNaughtin, Jr., who prefers to be called Marvelous, has grown up past
the grade school track star his father saw him as, and now at 17 idolizes
Kurt Cobain and has decided to have a sex change operation, convert to
nihilism and become the first ever post-op, Nietzschian, transgender, rock
n’ roll guitar god. He might very well be gay. Peter plans to make a
different kind of hero out of his son. A soldier worthy of a shrine. After
he wins the meet it’s off to Officers Candidate School and a life in the
Military. He’ll rise to the rank Peter never did see places in the world,
met the perfect woman and settle down to give him grand children. The only
problem with this plan... Marvelous is already dead.
About this Playwright
is an award-winning playwright and the author of 14
plays which have been produced, work-shopped and/or developed by
Three Crows Theatre, The Present Company, The Penobscot Theatre, The
Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, The Gold Coast Theatre (Australia),
The Colorado Fine Arts Center, Emerging Artists Theatre, Nicu’s
Spoon, The Edward Albee Last Frontier Conference, Rattle Stick,
Reverie Productions, Playwrights Horizons/Tisch, and Shelter Theatre
Group, to name a few. He co-wrote the screen play This is Not
Here with actor Kevin Corrigan, based on the memoir The Last
Days of John Lennon. Bramm is a member of the Present Company’s
Pool, Variations Theatre Group, The League of Independent Theatres
and the Dramatist Guild. Visit Bramm's
Author Page on
Of Bramm, says Martin
Denton of nytheatre.com...“complicated,
creates some very interesting abstractions with his stereotypical
characters...bizarre and funny with chucks of truth and sarcasm flying
-Richard Hinojosa, nytheatre.com
Have you read Bramm's other full-length
Oswald's Backyard, or his
Big Ball or
Islands of Repair?
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