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“Pirates and Astronauts”

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Tucker, Dave (American playwright, actor, director, project manager, 1961-____), “Pirates and Astronauts,”

a 10-minute comedy (play within a play) in English, set on an empty stage, 2002,


 •  © 2002 by Dave Tucker;  •  script/rights available from Dave Tucker, P.O. Box 4032, Kent, Washington  98032, U.S.A, telephone (home) 206-878-2756, e-mail davetucker@www.com.  •  Cited by Dave Tucker, via ftp, October 4, 2002; Tucker says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Astronaut (m), 35, ____; Pirate (m), 35, ____; Stage Manager (m or f), 40, ____; Pat (m or f, opposite of Stage Manager), 40, the playwright;.

  §  Synopsis “The play takes us through four separate scenes of a Fringe play in progress, each scene using a different setting and theme involving an astronaut and a pirate. During the play, each scene is interrupted by the stage manager because of her dissatisfaction with the script (and the ridiculous concept of having an astronaut and pirate in the same show).  Upon stopping the final scene, the playwright arrives and questions the stage manager about the show’s success.  She gives him a false report, to which he concludes that his innovation of putting an astronaut and pirate together was a great artistic achievement.

  §  Comment “Four shorts scenes.  •  The script calls for the playwright (Pat) to be married to or partnered with the Stage Manager. The roles can be of either gender, but this relationship should be taken into consideration when casting.  •  Requires pirate and astronaut costumes.

  §  Themes acting, astronautics, festival, Fringe, piracy, play within a play, playwriting.

See also Dave Tucker’s
  • "Figment," a 22-minute suspense drama in English in five scenes, set at an unnamed college campus, Monday-Thursday, January, 2002, 1m3f or 4f
  • "Pigz N the Hood," a bare-stage 15-minute comedy in English in five scenes, set once upon a time, 4m or 4f
  • "Ghost Writer," a 10-minute comedy-drama in English in five scenes, set in a room in a bed and breakfast, late one night, 2004, 2m

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