Golladay, Nancy (American playwright and librettist, 19__-
), "Kiddy Ko-Rall,"
a 15-minute black comedy in English, set in an area in the
child-care facility of an upmarket department store, late afternoon
on a weekend, 1994,
© 1994 by Nancy Golladay,
e-mail MdWmsAttic@aol.com, telephone (work)
212-582-7614; script/rights available from management, Pat McLaughlin,
The Shukat Company, Ltd., 340 West 55th Street, Suite 1A, New
York City, New York 10019, e-mail email@example.com.
Cited by playwright via ftp June 30, 1997; Golladay says,
"Dramatis Personae Jennifer (f), a child; Ben (m),
a child; Voice of Miss Callie (f), a robot kitty; Voice of Sheriff
Spot (m), a robot cowhand
"Synopsis Business is good inside a shopping mall's electronically monitored childcare facility. The Ko-Rall is a colorful, interactive, exceedingly-safe place to leave a child. Its corporate boast, 'No child is ever alone at Kiddy Ko-Rall!' is quite true. Characters from animated feature films come 'alive' to function as the children's electronic supervisors and companions. Two children, for their separate reasons, arrive in a relatively quiet corner of the Ko-Rall and attempt to maintain their dignity long enough to have a human interaction-despite continual, anxious interruptions from the Ko-Rall's two large robot monitors, who are programmed to consider a thoughtful child an unhappy child.
"Comment Jennifer is a six-year-old middle-class
intelligent child played by an actor in her thirties. Ben is a
seven-year-old middle-class sensitive child played by an actor
in his thirties; the Voice of Miss Callie, coming from a robot
based on an animated feature film character, is a singing, maternal
kitty. Voice of Sheriff Spot, coming from a robot based on an
animated feature film character, is a warm K-9 cowhand. The action
is in real-time on a single set, a sort of a Wild West version
of Gymboree. Note that the two 'children' onstage are in fact
to be played by adult actors-things in the Ko-Rall can get kinda
rough. Large, cartoonish 'animatronic' figures represent the other
two characters; but sophisticated live puppetry and live voices
should portray these characters, not literal electronic constructions
with voices on tape. This show gives a theatre organization's
clever design/technical/multimedia staff an opportunity to strut
their stuff a bit. The play was a finalist in the 1994 Actors
Theatre of Louisville National One-Act Play Contest, and an Honorable
Mention winner in the HBO/Wavy Line Productions New Writers Project.
"Themes award winner, child abuse, comedy, loneliness,
multimedia, puppet, social satire."
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