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Hurricane Gramma by Phil Olson


ISBN #1-933159-67-7
JAC #2006-0017



  • SARAH: 28. She is calm

  • CARL: 35. A security guard who takes himself way too seriously.

  • ROBERT: 33. A businessman in every sense.

  • HELEN: 82. She moves very slowly.


Plot Summary

Three people are evacuated to a high school gymnasium during a hurricane.  The work-a-holic advertising executive, the woman of his nightmares, and the most lovable, interferring old woman are all 'ruled' by an over-zealous security guard. The results - pure enjoyment.


The Setting

The set is a high school gymnasium. On the floor are 4 workout mats, lined up in a row. A drinking fountain is off stage right.


Author Biography

PHIL OLSON grew up in Edina (MN), home of the first indoor mall. His father’s grandparents came over from Norway and homesteaded a farm north of Fargo, North Dakota. His mother’s grandparents also came over from Norway and ended up in Virginia, Minnesota; the iron range. Phil went on to Dartmouth College where he majored in mathematics, was All Ivy, All New England and All East in Track, and played tight end on the Ivy League Championship Football team. After graduating from Dartmouth, Phil tried out for the Chicago Bears. After his experience with Walter Payton and the Bears, he went on to receive an MBA from The University of Chicago and pursued a business career while writing stage and screenplays. Phil currently lives in Los Angeles where he develops his plays and musicals. He’s written five award-winning plays, all set in small towns in Minnesota. Phil has sold two screenplays, and script doctored three screenplays that were produced. Visit Phil online at www.philolson.com

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  • Winner of 4 Artistic Director Achievement Awards in Los Angeles including Best Original Musical, Best Author Original Play, Best Director, and Best Ensemble Cast. Don’t Hug Me was given one of the top honors in The Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence as well as the McLaren Memorial Comedy Playwriting Competition, and was selected top 5% in Hollywood’s prestigious Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project out of 2,600 scripts.


  • Winner of the Rochester Playwright Festival

  • Finalist in the The Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence

  • Finalist in The Phoenix Theatre’s Festival of Emerging American Theatre

  • Semi-finalist in the Ukiah Players New Comedy Festival

  • Semi-finalist in the Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project

  • LA WEEKLY Pick of the Week

  • Finalist in The Chicago Film Festival Indiefest


  • Winner of the Gilmore Creek Playwright Competition

  • Semi-finalist in the Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project

  • LA WEEKLY Pick of the Week


  • Finalist in the Acclaim Television Script Competition


  • Finalist in The Long Island Film Festival

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