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Micci, Ronald (American playwright, advertising proofreader/editor, 1948-____), “Kid Valium,

a 15-minute comedy in English, set in a tavern in Nottingham, 12th century,

3m1f,

© 1997, script/rights available from Ronald Micci. Cited by Ronald Micci via ftp May 31, 2000; Micci says,

 §  Dramatis Personae Lorenzo “Kid” Valium (m), a tough little pug out of Decatur, Illinois; Frankie Belson (m), his feisty manager; Louella (f), a dame who has eyes for the kid; Fight Announcer (m).

  §  Synopsis “(scene i) It’s the day of the big fight. Frankie Belson introduces the audience to Kid Valium, who shows his footwork, dazzles with his speed. Now, if he can only stay off the valium for a few hours, he's a cinch to win the welterweight crown. In saunters Louella, a dame who always spells trouble. But she’s got eyes for the kid. They get rid of her. (scene ii) In the ring, that night, the fight is already in progress, with Frankie giving the kid instructions on his stool. Between rounds, the kid begins to cramp up. He’s dying for some valium. But Frankie refuses to oblige. The Fight Announcer calls the action hot and heavy, with the ebb and flow of the kid’s fortunes seeming to ride on every blow. What’s this? Louella’s in the audience, and she throws the kid a couple of valiums through the ring ropes. The kid swallows the valium. And suddenly, as the announcer describes, he’s in trouble, big trouble. Well, Frankie manages to revive the kid, who comes roaring back and knocks out the champion. Proving once and for all that there’s ‘plenty of room at the top, even when life's a real downer.’

 §  Commentary “This was done on Playwrights Express. I've got a video of it. The audience went crazy. They used hand puppets to simulate the boxers, then after each round the real kid (who had been doing the hand puppet routine) would return to his corner. You could even add an ‘Applause’ sign for extra excitement. I swear it. I’m not kidding. Or my name ain’t Kid Valium.”

Addendum 020312: “Kid Valium (3m1f) (15 min.)
If the kid can lay off those blue pills for just one more night, by
God he’s got a shot to capture the title.”

  §  Themes athletic prowess, boxing, bravery, drugs, fight, hand and foot speed, pugilism, tranquilizer.



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
  • "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," a 5-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," 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
  • "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
  • "Moonlight's Little Madness," a 20-minute farce in English, set in the parlor of English country estate, during the Victorian Era, 3m1f
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Thank You, 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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