|The Fabulous Imbecile
by Michael Legge
Middle-aged. A nervous novice.
- ANNIE: A
young, no-nonsense stage manager. Tart-tongued.
- RICHARD JAGGER:
Middle-aged. The theater companys resident
director. Long-suffering (but who isnt in theater?).
- MONTY DROSS:
Middle-aged. High-strung. Recovering from a nervous
- STACY TRUMBELL:
Any age. A first-time reporter who cant
believe her luck at being on the scene of a fiasco.
- FLO REPOZA: Senior citizen. A veteran of the stage and somewhat
grand. Prone to fainting spells.
- MAX GROVER:
Senior citizen. An old friend of Flos. A
high-priced executive in the entertainment world.
- GRANT POWERS:
30s. Tall, good-looking, with an athletic build
(although a slight paunch is permissible.) Loud, cocky and completely self-centered at
first. Somewhat softened in his attitude by the end.
A young man. Chauffeur. Unassuming. A nice guy.
A young ingenue type. Small and pretty. Not really
stupid, just in her own little world.
Middle-aged. Arties wife. Bossy, direct and not
impressed with Grant (at all).
The scene is the backstage area of the East Pocket Community Players.
There are several raw flats forming three sides which jut out. A door is on the SR side of
the flats and a double terrace door is center. There is enough space for actors to go out
"on stage." The back wall where the audience sits is black. In the
backstage area is a table and chair at right, with table lamp and notebooks. There is a
microphone that connects to the theater loudspeaker system. There are several chairs where
actors can sit. Another door left leads to the dressing rooms and outside.
A small community theater group, The Pocket Players, are
excited by the home coming of local boy made good, Grant Powers. Grant has become a famous
movie star specializing in action films, and he has agreed to do his home town a favor by
appearing in a new play written by local playwright, Monty Dross. It's also a publicity
stunt for Grant, who is trying to legitimize himself as a serious actor. Unfortunately his
arrogant and crude demeanor hasn't changed over the years and he quickly antagonizes the
entire theater company. To top it off, even though he's had the script in his possession
ahead of time, he didn't bother to learn his lines, and was unable to show up for
rehearsals. The play's director, Richard and his stage manager, Annie try to make the best
of a bad situation, as they come up with schemes to make Grant not look like an idiot.
Chaos ensues during the performance, driving Monty the playwright over the edge of sanity,
along with the rest of the cast. Once the shambles of a play is cut short, Grant makes
what little peace he can with the cast, and an unexpected twist at the end comes from an
As he says himself, Michael Legge has
been a film maker, playwright, actor and director for "too many years." He
is the Artistic Director of the Medway (MA) Players and prides his group on the fact that
they prefer to stage unpublished works and new plays. When he can't do that, he
searches for old, obscure plays that no one else does. Shake-A-Spear is his
first published play. His previous plays include Shake A Spear, and Memoirs
of a Gorilla. He is currently working on a new play, Time Was.
Legge is also the head of his own production company, Sideshow
Cinema, which has been producing no budget feature length comedies for 20 years. His
movies, Honey Glaze, Braindrainer, Loons and Cutthroats are all
available on DVD and can be easily found online. His newest movie, Democrazy,
was released in January'05.
Michael has no plans to "grow up" anytime soon.
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