Pirates and Astronauts
Tucker, Dave (American playwright, actor, director, project manager, 1961-____), “Pirates and Astronauts,”a 10-minute comedy (play within a play) in English, in four scenes, set on an empty stage, 2002,
© 2002 by Dave Tucker;
• in Dave Tucker’s Pirates and Astronauts (Des Moines, Washington, U.S.A.: The Author, 2001);
• script/rights available from Dave Tucker, P.O. Box 4032, Kent, Washington 98032, U.S.A, telephone (home) 206-878-2756, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Cited by Dave Tucker, via ftp, October 4, 2002; Tucker says,
Astronaut (m), 35, ____; Pirate (m), 35, ____; Stage Manager (m or f), 40, ____; Pat (m or f, opposite of Stage Manager), 40, the playwright;
“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.
• “Four short 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.
acting, astronautics, festival, Fringe, piracy, play within a play, playwriting.