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Bollow, Ludmilla (American playwright, writer, actress, 19__-____), “By the Sea, by the Sea,”

a 20-minute comedy in English, set in a pool area in posh hotel, Texas, U.S.A., early morning, today, 2m1f (+ voice); © 2004 by Ludmilla Bollow; • in Ludmilla Bollow’s By the Sea, by the Sea (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A.: The Author, 2004); • script/rights from Ludmilla Bollow, 314 West Sugar Lane, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53217, U.S.A., e-mail bollow@earthlink.net, telephone (home) 414-352-8370, http://home.earthlink.net/~bollow/. • Cited by Ludmilla Bollow via ftp, May 19, 2004; Bollow says,

§ Dramatis Personae Simon Fowel (m), somewhat handsome, brash, maybe an English accent; Announcer (m voice), on pool speaker; Mommy La Mode (f), overbearing; Peaches La Mode (f), young and shy.

§ Synopsis “Mommy is rehearsing Peaches in pool area of posh hotel in Texas for American Idol tryouts. Peaches badly practices ‘By the Sea, By the Sea.’ Simon Fowel enters the area and is amazed by Peaches’ singing when Mommy isn't around. He uses a ruse to get Mommy back into her own singing career, and everyone ends up happy and singing.

§ Comment “This play is written to take place in a pool area; however, a plastic pool, with or without water, or simulated pool area, can serve and might even be more humorous. This recently-written play uses The American Idol popularity for much of its humor.

§ Themes audition, American Idol, career, pool, mother-daughter relationship, ruse, singer.



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