LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION BY GEORGE!
Group - Comedy, by K, 2016
Pity poor George Washington who in this piece is confronted with not only the entire British Army, but the problem of getting good press coverage. The answer? A publicity agent and cameraman primed to publicize his famous crossing of the Delaware.The number and gender of characters can be changed to accommodate available participants. Price is for a master script. Make as many copies as is required for your ensemble.
Duration8 - 11 minutes
- 2 Females, 2 Males
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Product Id: #861
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An excerpt …
The characters (4): George Washington; Fredrick Boston, a soldier in the Continental Army; Hap Nobis, a publicity agent; Pat Quinn, a camera person. (May be played by actors of either gender. It’s called “acting,” man.)
NOBIS: (entering with Quinn) Is he here yet?
QUINN: His tent’s empty. Nobody here.
NOBIS: (to Boston as he enters.) You seen the General?
BOSTON: He’s outside cleaning his gun.
NOBIS: Did he know we had an appointment?
BOSTON: Who are you?
NOBIS: Never mind. How long’s he gonna be out there?
BOSTON: General Washington sets his own schedule, sir. No one tells him what to do.
NOBIS: What kind of rinky-dink army are you running here?
BOSTON: Sir, this is the Continental Army of the Potomac, General George Washington Commander in Chief.
NOBIS: Yeah, yeah. I’ve read the write-ups. Look, go out there and tell the General that I need to see him.
BOSTON: I can’t guarantee anything.
NOBIS: Just bring me a General. (Boston exits.) I can’t believe the way this place is run. You got the cameras ready?
QUINN: All loaded up, Boss. Man, the light’s gonna be terrible.
NOBIS: But you brought the spotlights.
QUINN: Got them in the van.
WASHINGTON: (appearing at the doorway) What’s all this?
NOBIS: General! George Washington himself! This is an honor, sir!
WASHINGTON: You’ve come to volunteer?
NOBIS: Volunteer? (laughs) Hardly. I’m Hap Nobis from New York. The Continental Congress has hired my firm to do your P.R.
NOBIS: Public relations! Publicity! Look General, this war’s not going all that great, you know? They thought it needed some good publicity.
WASHINGTON: I have no idea what you’re talking about.
NOBIS: Look, the British and stuff … I mean, you’ve had some bad luck.
WASHINGTON: I am building an Army, sir.
NOBIS: Yeah, yeah … but that stuff never makes the nightly news.
WASHINGTON: Nightly news?
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