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Willard, Mary (American playwright, 1947-____), “A Hunka Hunka Santa Claus,”

a 10-minute comedy in English, set in an employment agency hiring Santa Clauses, 3:00 p.m., Thursday, November 19, 2003,

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; • © 2003 by Mary Willard; • in Mary Willard’s A Hunka Hunka Santa Claus (Encino, California, U.S.A.: The Author, 2003); • script/rights available from Mary Willard, 5056 Woodley Avenue, Encino, California 91436, U.S.A., telephone (home) 818-783-7890, e-mail juanini@pacbell.net. • Cited by Mary Willard via ftp November 5, 2004; Willard says,

§ Dramatis Personae Brodie Briggs (m), 20s, exceptionally handsome, muscular and tanned if possible; Joe Drake (m), 30s-40s, would make a good Santa Claus; Courtney (f), any age, but perhaps 30s to late 40s is best, attractive.

§ Synopsis “Joe Drake and Brodie Briggs, in the casting office of Courtney Grayson, apply for the job of department store Santa Claus. Brodie thinks he's applying for the Santa Hunk position at the upscale Beverly Center in West Hollywood; however, that position is filled. By answering Courtney's questions, Brodie reveals he has mastered tantric sex and bodybuilding. Joe, on the other hand, reveals he has great love of children and animals and would make a great Santa Claus. Courtney is getting more and more turned on by Brodie, who is terribly disappointed that he can't be Santa Hunk. The phone rings, and Courtney answers. When she hangs up, she says they've lost their Santa Hunk. So, Brodie becomes the Santa Hunk, and Joe becomes Santa Claus in Panorama City. Courtney leaves with Brodie.

§ Comment “The casting office requires only a phone, three chairs and a desk. • Premiered by the Gallery Players in their Short Play Festival in New York City. Also, it was produced by First Stage in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., in their short play festival. • Mary Willard and her husband, Fred Willard, a busy television actor, live in Los Angeles where they run a weekly sketch comedy workshop. She is the author of the hit comedy Elvis and Juliet, which has been performed in twenty-two cities and four countries. She and her collaborator, Marty Stuart, were finalists in the ASCAP/ Disney competition for their musical comedy Moon Shine!, which was produced in Los Angeles at the Grove Theatre. Her short plays, ‘Murder, She Rewrote,’ ‘At the Vanity Fair’ and ‘Chateaux Beaux Eaus’ have been performed in dozens of theatres. Elvis and Juliet will open at the Abingdon Theatre312 West 36th Street, First Floor, New York, New York 10018-6494, U.S.A., February, 2006, and her comedy An Occasional Sin will open in Upland, California, U.S.A., April 2, 2005.”

§ Themes Christmas, rivalry, Santa Claus.



See also Mary Willard's

  • "At the Vanity Fair," a35-minute comedy in English, set in a penthouse apartment in San Francisco, 8:00 p.m., Tuesday evening, 1998, 3f
  • Murder, She Rewrote," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a small apartment, anywhere, U.S.A., 8:30 a.m., Saturday, 1m2f

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