Remember the good old days of radio—when people had to use their imaginations—when the mind was a stage? Those days are back—only better! The sounds of a future world find their voice in the distant past, as snatches of poetry ("Good Pilgrim, you do wrong your hand") provide the inspiration for this light-hearted fantasy about love and commitment. Marriage has been forbidden because The Ancients discovered it led to breakdowns, insanity and object throwing. Instead, people renew their coupling vows every seven years, often taking advantage of the escape clause. This seems perfectly natural to Celia, who's celebrating her 20th birthday, her Woman's Birthday, when she becomes legally free to choose her first coupling partner. She's hoping that will be Mike, her fellow literary restorer, who's working with her on creating a story for the upcoming Festival of the Ancients from the poetry fragments. Mike loves Celia, but, inspired by those heady fragments and by a book on ancient coupling practices, he's decided to convince her to marry him. Given that this radical practice will mean they must leave the City and live in the wilderness without any technology or rent control, Mike is going to have to do a lot of convincing. And fast. The boat leaves in three hours and they still have to take care of all the preliminaries listed in the book (like the "shower"). Complicating Mike's plans is Celia's muscular intended, Drake, who's rarin' to couple with the birthday girl.
NotesSome of the advantages to producing radio plays:
One Simple Set—A radio station—made up mostly of drapes, a control booth (if desired), mikes, and sound effects equipment.
Less Wardrobe—no changes of wardrobe are necessary.
Less Staging—actors simply stand at mikes most of the time.
Less Rehearsal—actors don't memorize lines—they just read them.
Fewer Cast Members—one actor plays many parts.
No Props—only scripts.
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- Type of Show One-act Play
- Product Code PB3000
- Cast Size 5
- Min. Royalty Rate $35/perf
- Cost $39.95
- Approx. Run Time 45 min
- Target Audience Middle School | High School | College and Adult
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre
- Genre Comedy
- ISBN(13) 9781583423806