The Actor's Nightmare

Book By: Alan Heckner
Play #: 2187
Pages: 31 pgs
Cast: Flexible from 5 m, 6 w, to as many as 8 m and 14 w, not including extras.

The title says it all, and every actor and actress who has ever graced the stage knows it all too well. Bobby, Danni, and Christina are three high school students who share the same bad dreams of forgetting their lines, blanking on their monologues for a big audition, looking foolish in a death scene, or being in a really bad play where you don't even know what it is or any of the cast members in it! They stumble through the ridiculous scenarios by any means necessary, improvising and freaking out at the same time. Chaos and calamity reign supreme as they deal with their fears under some outrageous circumstances that just seem too weird to be true. In the end, we find out that all of the nightmares were just a figment of one actress' vivid imagination. But she quickly discovers that while some dreams do indeed come true, so do some nightmares!

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Productions

FRANKLIN ACADEMY 2 Performance(s)
WAKE FOREST, NC 11/21/2019
FIRE MOUNTAIN ARTS COUNCIL 3 Performance(s)
MORTON, WA 7/12/2019
LOWERY FRESHMAN CENTER 1 Performance(s)
ALLEN, TX 4/15/2019
NOXON SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
NOXON, MT 3/21/2019
DEER CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
LITTLETON, CO 2/15/2018
WESTERN CANADA THEATRE 3 Performance(s)
KAMLOOPS, BC 5/18/2017
GODDARD HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
GODDARD, KS 4/20/2017
HOLUB MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
HOUSTON, TX 3/9/2017
SELLERS MIDDLE SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
GARLAND, TX 11/3/2016
GRANITE FALLS HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
GRANITE FALLS, WA 5/6/2016
JAMES BOWIE MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
RICHMOND, TX 3/10/2016
FRANKLIN ACADEMY 2 Performance(s)
WAKE FOREST, NC 11/19/2015
NONE 4 Performance(s)
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA 11/19/2015
LCHS DRAMA 1 Performance(s)
DAHLONEGA, GA 5/15/2015
EAST LONGMEADOW HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
EAST LONGMEADOW, MA 5/1/2015
BARBARA INGRAM SCHOOL FOR ARTS 2 Performance(s)
HAGERSTOWN, MD 10/1/2014
OLATHE SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
OLATHE, KS 9/18/2014
CALLAWAY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
HOGANSVILLE, GA 5/15/2014
CONCORDIA LUTHERAN SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
TACOMA, WA 2/14/2014
JACKSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
JACKSONVILLE, IL 12/5/2013
PALM SPRINGS MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL 11/21/2013
KENT PLACE CAW 1 Performance(s)
SUMMIT, NJ 7/19/2013
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
SILVER SPRING, MD 5/30/2013
NIAGARA FALLS SCHOOL OF DRAMA 3 Performance(s)
NIAGARA FALLS, ON 5/24/2013
BUCKHANNON-UPSHUR HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
BUCKHANNON, WV 5/15/2013
REETHS-PUFFER SCHOOLS 1 Performance(s)
MUSKEGON, MI 4/18/2013
GAYLESVILLE SCHOOLS 1 Performance(s)
GAYLESVILLE, AL 4/15/2013
LIMA SENIOR HIGH DRAMA DEPT. 1 Performance(s)
LIMA, OH 4/15/2013
CHESTATEE MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
GAINESVILLE, GA 2/1/2013
ENCORE THEATRE COMPANY, INC. 6 Performance(s)
MT. JULIET, TN 1/18/2013
MINNETONKA MIDDLE SCHOOL WEST 1 Performance(s)
EXCELSIOR, MN 11/9/2012
KEMPSVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA 10/15/2012
SCHOOL DISTRICT 194 1 Performance(s)
STEGER, IL 6/5/2012
MOUNTAIN VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
CANYON LAKE, TX 5/10/2012
MT. VERNON HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
MOUNT VERNON, MO 5/1/2012
CARL SANDBURG MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ALEXANDRIA, VA 1/11/2012

Behind The Scenes

PLAYWRIGHT ALAN HECKNER TALKS ABOUT

HIS PLAY “THE ACTOR’S NIGHTMARE”

 

Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?

A: My dreams, nightmares, and imagination. I wanted to show what goes on in the mind of actors and actresses everywhere.

 

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?

A: I think my favorite part of the play is the fact that any and all of the actors and actresses who play these parts will get a chance to have fun with the characters and really showcase their acting skills through a range of emotions, reactions, and at times, bizarre stage behavior. It's "how" they perform the play that makes the show incredibly funny and great.

 

Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?

A: The characters are all people that you might meet when you're dreaming...they can be weird, scary, funny, and familiar, etc.

 

Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?

A: I'd like to think that any audience that sees the play will identify a lot of the common anxieties and "sweet smell of success/victory" type of dreams and nightmares that we share as human beings, and yet will still be able to laugh at how absurd or comedic they come across when looked at from a spectator point of view, as well as from an actor's point of view.