by Robert D. Hensley
Bobbie D. is a New York-based fashion designer
on the cusp of fame and fortune, what she thought she always wanted. Her
work is being seen on all the right people, and shown in all of the right
places. Her live-in studio has become a hive of activity… including the
hysterical accidental death of a reporter by a well-thrown Prada shoe.
Along with her best friend Elke, who is also her trusted assistant, Bobbie
must now deal with the fact that while new to fame, she is now a
controversial figure. With fame and controversy, comes a very real threat
that the press could uncover her dark and carefully hidden past. Bobbie
makes the decision to run, moving her
base of operations to Los Angeles. She is hoping that by moving that she can
escape the press and leave the past where it is.
However, skilled investigative reporter Graydon Griffin has other ideas.
Unbeknownst to Bobbie, their paths have crossed before, and he plans to have
them cross again. Following her to the West Coast, Graydon corners Bobbie in
an exclusive interview that reveals her tragic past. Supported by her mother
and her best friend, Bobbie lays it all out for the dashing sleuth. As with
all things, Bobbie’s past was not her undoing, and telling the truth has set
her free. Although it wasn’t how she thought being famous would be, all
things considered, it’s turning out just fine.
is the “it” fashion designer of the moment, creating gorgeous clothes
for what she likes to term “the boobs & butt” consumer. She is in her
late-20s to early-30s, robust with fair skin. While she has a keen eye
for fashion and good design, she is still fairly naive as to the ways of
the world. A past tragedy has forced her to live behind the tallest and
strongest wall imaginable. Longing for fame and fortune, Bobbie hasn’t
thought much about how to keep her secret, nor has she made time or
space in her life for romance, although she wants nothing more than to
is Bobbie’s link to reality, and the one person that she truly trusts.
Instant friends from the moment they met, Elke has always been Bobbie’s
support group and fan club all in one. A robust, young African American
woman in her late-20s or early30s, Elke considers herself a “large and
lovely ebony princess”. Her dreams are being fulfilled through her
relationship with Bobbie.
is a functioning alcoholic and a writer. He wishes he had the guts to
write his own novel, instead of working for a weekly rag. He swears he
could be the next Hemingway. In his mid to late forties, his weakness is
not just for liquor, but for women, especially those women who seem to
bring him some measure of success. While his sights were set on Bobbie,
hers were not on him, and a terrible accident ensues.
is the beaten down wife of Morris. A bitter woman in her forties, she is
fighting to live an normal, average life despite the twisted
relationship that she has with her husband. She places no blame for the
accident, but needs to make herself known, and reap whatever she can
from Morris’ interaction with Bobbie. The worst part about her encounter
with Bobbie is that she can see what Morris saw in the designer, but she
refuses to be defeated.
is Morris’ other wife, and the sister to Maureen. It’s never been an
ideal situation, but it’s worked out for everyone thus far. In her mid
forties, she is a beautifully crafted socialite with a weakness for
clothes, and she is a huge fan of Bobbie’s work. She also holds no one
in particular to blame. Her only concern is knowing the truth and moving
on with her life. There is so much more for her than to mourn for
is the feisty “playtime pal” of Bobbie’s downstairs neighbor, Gracey. He
is as wild as they come and not at all bashful!
is Bobbie’s eccentric mother. She is a southern belle that couldn’t care
less if she’s getting older. She’s in her early-50s and has had a
difficult life, but that hasn’t gotten her down or made her bitter. It
has made her tough, though. She loves her daughter, and even though she
wishes that she could shield her from the world, she has no idea of how
to accomplish that. She shows up when it counts.
is a stealthy reporter, and probably the only other person aside from
Bobbie’s family that knows her secret. That makes this handsome thirty
year old very dangerous. He manages to corner his prey, but Bobbie
doesn’t take to being caught easily. His interest is not only in the
story, but the woman. He has a cathartic interest in the truth.
Darin Anthony, Artistic Director, The
Blank Theater Co.’s Living Room Series says, “Turning Out is
a very accomplished script."
Chane’t Johnson, Director, Living Room
Series Reading says, "There are so many
layers and emotions... Turning Out gives us so much to work with, and
it’s very funny."
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