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McNaughtin & Son by Leslie Bramm

ISBN #1-60513-170-9
JAC #2012-0026

Cast of Characters

  • 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.

The Setting
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 Carolina.


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 Amazon.com!


Of Bramm, says Martin Denton of nytheatre.com...“complicated, fascinating work.”


"Bramm creates some very interesting abstractions with his stereotypical characters...bizarre and funny with chucks of truth and sarcasm flying around."
-Richard Hinojosa, nytheatre.com


 Have you read Bramm's other full-length Oswald's Backyard, or his one acts Big Ball or Islands of Repair?

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