All's Fair

Book By: Pat Cook
Play #: 8300
Pages: 68 pgs
Cast: 11 m, 13 w (with doubling 4 m, 5 w)

It is time again for the county fair in Flat Rock, Texas! In between the jelly judging, local politicin' and some extraordinary spoon playing, folks can see "Nature's Boo-Boos," an exhibit where teenager Tommy Rogers feels right at home, especially when he tries to do "Shakespeare in the Park"! Meanwhile, the Ladies' Auxiliary is hoping to collect funds for a hedge around the courthouse to keep all the dogs from frequenting it, while school supporters have set up a fortune-telling booth for money to get the school bus repainted yellow instead of camouflage `cause, "The bus sits there waitin' fer the kids and they can't find it!" This riotous but loving look at country life is chock-full of wisecracks, especially from the town gossips. It is also just the vehicle for multi-talented actors, who can play two, three and sometimes four characters, if desired. So kick off your shoes, pick up a cup of lemonade and join us at the fair!

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Productions

LAUREL TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 3 Performance(s)
BOSWELL, PA 5/3/2019
MONROE MIDDLE SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
WHEATON, IL 11/8/2018
OSCEOLA PUBLIC SCHOOLS 2 Performance(s)
OSCEOLA, NE 4/13/2018
CAREY SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
CAREY, ID 10/30/2015
APOLLO HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
OWENSBORO, KY 10/1/2013
SAGER CREEK ARTS CENTER 4 Performance(s)
SILOAM SPRINGS, AR 7/26/2013
GLORIA DEI 1 Performance(s)
URBANDALE, IA 4/19/2013
CALICHE JR.SR. HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
ILIFF , CO 12/18/2012
DENHAM SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
BATON ROUGE, LA 10/3/2012
SAVANNAH MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
SAVANNAH, MO 3/10/2011
LAKES CLUBHOUSE THEATER 2 Performance(s)
LEESBURG, FL 2/26/2011
NETTLETON HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
JONESBORO, AR 11/11/2010
FAIRFIELD HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
LANGDON, KS 11/1/2010
LOUP CITY HIGH SCHOOL 7 Performance(s)
LOUP CITY, NE 10/5/2010
OHIO CO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
RISING SUN, IN 3/19/2010
UNION COLONY PREPARATORY SCHOO 2 Performance(s)
GREELEY, CO 3/19/2010
HAYFIELD HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
HAYFIELD, MN 11/13/2009
HILTON BAPTIST 2 Performance(s)
HILTON, NY 4/19/2009
NORTH BUTLER HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
GREENE, IA 11/7/2008
KIDSPLAY, INC. 3 Performance(s)
GREENFIELD, IN 4/28/2008
EDGERTON PUBLIC SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
EDGERTON, MN 4/4/2008
TRENTON ACTING GUILD 2 Performance(s)
TRENTON , MO 2/15/2008
MONROE MIDDLE SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
WHEATON, IL 11/1/2007
MARION MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
MARION, VA 5/3/2007
OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP SCH 2 Performance(s)
GLENDALE, AZ 2/24/2007
SCHOOL DISTRICT OF SPOONER 3 Performance(s)
SPOONER, WI 11/15/2006
LAUREL TRINITY CHURCH 3 Performance(s)
BOSWELL, PA 5/19/2006
MASON DISTRICT HOSPITAL 2 Performance(s)
HAVANA, IL 4/28/2006
CLINTON CO HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
ALBANY, KY 4/15/2006
MINTO SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
MINTO, ND 4/7/2006
MOUNT AYR COMMUNITY SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
MOUNT AYR, IA 3/17/2006
OAK MOUNTAIN GOLF CLUB 1 Performance(s)
CARROLLTON, GA 2/25/2006

Behind The Scenes

PLAYWRIGHT PAT COOK TALKS ABOUT

"ALL'S FAIR"

 

Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?

 

A: I'm an Autumn person; that's my time of year. And invariably when I think of the Fall I think of the usual holidays and such. This time I was recalling the Texas State Fair and other smaller ones I had the pleasure of attending. That's when I began to wonder what it would be like to put a fair on stage. Then I also began to remember some of the people I grew up with. And that's how it started.

 

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

 

A: This is always a tough question for me. I suppose my favorite line would be the part about the school bus being painted in camouflage - "The thing jist sits there waitin' and the kids can't find it!" I believe so much of the off-the-wall and rural humor spouted from that one line -- it sort of set the tone.

 

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

 

A: Some are, some aren't. And I'm not telling!

 

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

 

A: First, to put a fair on stage, as I mentioned above. Also, to try to write a large cast show that could be played by a small cast. Also, I wanted not only to show the type of humor I grew up with but also the heart, the eccentricity, the colors, the magic and the eloquence.

 

Q: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?

 

A: Yes, I'm sorry I've finished this one because I had such a good time at the Noah County Fair.