A Gorilla Suit, a Judge’s Wig, and a Little Blue Cap
Ohmart, Ben (American playwright and short story writer, 1970-____), “A Gorilla Suit, a Judge’s Wig, and a Little Blue Cap,”
a __-minute comedy in English, set in _____, ____,
© ____ by Ben Ohmart;
• in Ben Ohmart’s A Gorilla Suit, a Judge’s Wig, and a Little Blue Cap (Syracuse, New York, U.S.A.: The Author, ____);
• script/rights available via e-mail FindLine@ix.netcom.com or via regular mail from Ben Ohmart, 115 Croyden Lane, Apartment D, Syracuse, New York 13224, U.S.A., or via fax 315-449-3405;
• Cited by Ben Ohmart via e-mail FindLine@ix.netcom.com August 2, 1995; Ohmart says,
Arleen (f), wife to Armont; Armont (m), husband to Arleen, a gorilla; Frank (m), a monster; Kiev (f), Arleen’s friend.
“Arleen has married a gorilla because she likes a little fright in her love making. When authorities arrest Armont, the gorilla, because of a business deal gone wrong—he has tried to start a car park on government land—Arleen finds herself alone. But not for long. As Armont’s trial progresses, she meets Frank, Frankenstein’s monster. She falls in love with his sheer power. Besides, he’s here Now, and she needs something in her life right now. She must decide between these two creatures. Not even her friend Kiev can help her come to a rational decision because, as Arleen realizes, none of this is rational. Arleen decides she must stand by her husband, no matter how long she must wait for him.
“A gorilla suit and a Frankenstein outfit are necessary.”
• Can pair with Murray Schisgal’s “Summer Romance,” a comedy, 1m3f.
• “Ben is a playwright and composer, has written for the stage, television and film. His most recent stage works include Ooglesnort Part II, a Pythonesque revue; Caliban, an absurdist reinterpretation of Shakespeare's The Tempest; Daughters of Rage, a ballet based on Garcia Lorca's play, The House of Bernarda Alba and commissioned by the Dance Department at Florida State University; Henry, an opera about William Rufus, William the Conqueror's son; Two Panic Plays, a translation and adaptation of two plays by Fernando Arrabal, performed at Syracuse Stage After Hours; and The Friendship Play, commissioned by the Groves International Committee on Friendship and the Family. The Tell-Tale Heart, an opera based on the Edgar Alan Poe short story, was commissioned by WFSU television and scores for Stonewall: Old Blue Light and Jesse: The Jesse James Musical were commissioned by Theatre West Virginia and the University of Mississippi, respectively. A finalist in America's Best Comedy Script competition, Ben is a professional gag writer with several published and performed routines to his credit, as well as many poems and stories published in journals across the country, including A Madman's Dream, Black Bear Review, Interbang, 13 Magazine, Reflections, X-Ray Magazine, On the Road, Artisan, Alternative Press Magazine, Reptiles of the Mind, D.C.C.R., Transcendence, Sparks, Planet Chaos, Zap Inc., The Wicked, Sink Full of Dishes, Buddagus, Parthenogenesis, Skidfish, The Arm's Extent, Furry Chiclets, Holy Temple of Mass Consumption!, Mongoloid Moose, The Subterranean, Buffalo Speedway, Crying Clown, White Crow, The Terminal Journal, Farm Pulp, Frayed, Children Churches and Daddies, Gortday Review, Kaspahraster, Vox, Suffusion, 10 Things Jesus Wants You To Know, Feh! and The Iconoclast. His translations (in collaboration with John Franceschina) of the plays of the Marquis de Sade are published by Hollowbrook, and his musical adaptation of The Jungle Book was recently toured by Syracuse Stage. He is currently writing films, and his plays were performed in Canada, Indiana, Minnesota and Australia this year. Lyrics to his credit will be on two CDs this year; a gothic album and a rock album. He's 26, single, and loves British comedy. He lives in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, right next to PSU, and enjoys watching rabbits eat his garbage. If you dare to E-mail him, he's at email@example.com.”—Unlikely Stories: Ben Ohmart, http://www.unlikelystories.org/old/archives/ohmart.html, accessed May 28, 2006.
gorilla, government, infidelity, marriage, monster, reason, sex.