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Micci, Ronald, Ronald (American playwright, advertising proofreader-editor, 1948-____), “Moonlight’s Little Madness,”

a 40-minute drawing room farce in English set in the parlor of the Prescott country estate, England, a spring evening during the Victorian Era,

2m

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  •  © 1996, revised version 2001;  •  script/rights available from Ronald Micci, 75 Vreeland Avenue, Rutherford, New Jersey 07070, U.S.A., e-mail rmicci@mail.batesww.com, RMicci@home.com, telephone (home) 201-438-3267, (work) 212-297-7290, fax 212-697-1443. Cited to present author by playwright via ftp June 11, 1997; revised version cited via ftp May, 10, 2001; Micci says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Sir Cedric Prescott (m), 65, white-haired patriarch and pretender to British aristocracy, father of Master Lawrence; James (m), loyal servant of Sir Cedric.

  §  Synopsis “Sir Cedric has sent his faithful servant James on an errand to try to find young Master Lawrence, his only son.  It seems Master Lawrence has gotten into the habit of taking mysterious nightly walks. Tomorrow he's supposed to wed a mysterious young Rumanian princess, Princess Elizabeth. And that marriage is the key to restoring the Prescott fortunes. But James barges in, out of breath, with stories of werewolves on the property, and suddenly all of Sir Cedric’s plans seem to be
going awry.

  §  Comment [June 18, 1996] “It might interest you to know that ‘Moonlight’s Little Madness’ will be presented at the Theatre-Studio in New York this weekend-Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m., as part of their ongoing year-round Playtime series of one-acts. It was done at the Riant last August, and I’m looking forward to this new production. James Fisher, the director, did a wonderful job with ‘Dark Snow’ last December, so I have high hopes.”

Addendum 981117:
Addendum “A cute farce. A full-length version of this play is now available, with a cast of eight characters.”
Addendum 020227: “Moonlight's Little Madness (2m) (45 min.)
A two-character version of the full-length play, with family
patriarch Sir Cedric and butler James agitating over son
Lawrence’s disappearance the night before the big wedding.”


  §  Themes disappearance, father-son relationship, marriage, Rumania.
  See also Ron Micci’s:

  • "Addie and Me," a melodrama, set in the bedroom of Melanie, a teenage girl, night, 2000, 1f
  • "Attack of the Radar People," a 15-minute radio farce, set in an old-time radio broadcast studio, 1950s, 2m1f (or 3m1f)
  • "Biff Bang, American Hero," a 10-minute comedy spoof of radio cliffhangers in English, set in the cockpit of Biff's fighter bomber, 1998, 2m1f
  • "Breakers," a 45-minute melodrama in English in eight scenes, set in three venues, a rented room, the ocean, and an arid precipice on the New Jersey Shore, a summer day, 2002, 1m1f
  • "The Color of the Sky," a bare-stage 7-minute melodrama in English, set in Suzie Ann's backyard, a summer afternoon, 2f
  • "Dark Snow," a 10-minute melodramatic monologue in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida's home in the New York woods, 1997, 1f [see items below for 2f versions]
  • "Dark Snow," definitive version, a 20-minute melodrama in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida's home in the New York woods, 1997, 2f [see above for 1f version]
  • "Dark Snow, Evening," a 10-minute melodrama in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida's home in the New York woods, 1997, 2f [see above for 1f version]
  • "Dark Snow, Morning," a 10-minute melodrama in English set in the parlor of Aunt Lida's home in the New York woods, 1997, 2f [see above for 1f version]
  • "Dink Fast, Harry!," a 10-minute detective comedy-melodrama in English, set in Harry Dinker's dumpy office, daytime, 1998, 2m1f
  • "Director's Cut," a 7-minute film noir, set on a Hollywood set, 1940s, 2m
  • ""Family Ruins," a 10-minute melodrama in English, set in the downstairs parlor of a spooky old house, an April evening of 2003, 1m
  • ""Flo's Token Showbiz Woes," a15-minute farce, set in a Times Square walk-up, 2m1f
  • "Flying Medusas," a 10-minute contemporary farce in English, set in the theater of the absurd, at no specified time, 1m1f
  • "Good Tidings of Christmas Cheer," a 10-minute black comedy in English, set in London, Christmas Eve, in the time of Charles Dickens, 3m1f
  • "The Grackle," a 10-minute radio melodrama-farce in English, set in a radio broadcast studio, 1930s, 2m1f (but could be played with any combo of m/f)
  • "Happy Endings," a 15-minute comedy-fantasy in English, set in the living-room of Cornweevil homestead in Midwest, 1996, 2m1f
  • "Harry Dinker, Private Eye," a 10-minute detective parody in English, set in Harry Dinker's office in the "downtown section of a grimy city nobody has any use for," afternoon, 1998,1m1f or 2m
  • "Heat Lightning," a 15-minute comedy-melodrama in English, set in the downstairs parlor of a broken-down Southern mansion, on a stormy night, May, 2001, 1m1f
  • "Herman," a 10 minute comedy in English, a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a luncheonette, 1998, 1m3f
  • "High Concept Harry," a 20-minute dark comedy in English, set in Harry Fleck's literary/talent office in Hollywood, afternoon, 2000, 2m
  • "I Sing to You of Robin Hood," a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a tavern in Nottingham, 12th century, 3m1f
  • "I, Dadius," a 15-minute comedy-drama in English, set in the living room of a cozy suburban home, winter, 2000, 1m
  • "International Supreme Con Artists Group," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in the reception area of a Hollywood talent agency, late afternoon, 2001, 1m1f
  • "Kid Valium," a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a big city gymnasium, the day of the big title fight, 2000, 3m1f
  • "Kudhu the Magnificent," a 20-minute farce in English, set in a carnival sideshow, a Saturday afternoon, 1999, 3m1f (+ 1f speaking extra, other extras, voices in audience)
  • "The Lady Gentian Violet Part IV: Cries in the Memphis Night," a __-minute gender switch farce in English, set on a Southern plantation at the close of the Civil War, 1865,
  • "Love's Cousin in the Carolinas," a 13-minute romantic comedy in English, set at a park bench in the suburban Northeast, U.S.A., a Saturday afternoon in late summer, 1998, 1m1f
  • "Mr. Gilkey's Flagpole," a 15-minute comedy in English, set on the lawn of Mr. Gilkey's home in England, afternoon, 1998, 1m2f
  • "Northernmost Freight," a 10-minute farce in English, set in a Chicago office, late morning, 2001, 2m
  • "November," a 15-minute tragedy in English in two scenes, set (1) in the downstairs of a house on a lake in the Northeastern U.S.A. and (2) on the lake, a November afternoon, 2000, 1m1f
  • "Parasites of Ol' Broadway," a 15-minute comedy/melodrama in English, set in an alleyway on Lower Broadway, October, 1997, 2m1f
  • "A Public Service Announcement," a bare-stage 5-minute contemporary surrealist farce in English, set in an abstract area, daytime, 2001, 1m1f
  • "Rough Cut," a 10-minute comedy/melodrama in English, set in a men's haircutting salon (barber shop) in Beverly Hills, October, 1997, 3m
  • Sarah's Weekend Confidential," a 7-minute melodrama in English, set in Sarah's room, 2002, 1f
  • "Tea Cozy," a 12-minute melodrama, in English, set in the living room of a suburban home, midday, 1998, 2f
  • "Ping-Pong, Charlie Chan," a 10-minute crime melodrama. set in a hotel room in midtown Manhattan, night, 1930s, 3m
  • "Thebes Like Us," a 10-minute spy parody in English set in a cafe on the Nile, 1996, 2m1f
  • "Thin Laughter in Heaven," a 10-minute bare-stage melodrama in English, set on a cliff overlooking a lake, May, 2001, 1m
  • "Tragic & Trapped in Teaneck," a 13-minute comic melodrama in English, set in the parlor of a home in Teaneck, New Jersey, U.S.A., afternoon, turn of the last century, 2m1f
  • "Two Views: A Crash Course in Life," a 15-minute melodrama in English, set in a bus stop, during morning commute, 2001, 1m1f
  • "Wild About Harry!," a 15-minute detective farce in English, set in a sleazy gin joint; later, Harry's apartment, night, 2001, 2m1f

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