Misconceptions

Play #: 8291
Pages: 55 pgs
Cast: 1 m, 3 w

Two sisters, Claire and Dora, are opposites when it comes to just about everything, and this night is no exception. Claire has spent her day at a funeral, while Dora has been at a wedding. But while Dora complains of not being able to meet anyone at the wedding, Claire admits to running into an old fling, Peter, at the funeral. The two sisters are in the middle of a fight when Peter calls and says he must see Claire right away. Claire hurries to get ready for his arrival when their eccentric mother unexpectedly arrives ready to cook a roast. The two sisters begin announcing each other's faults to their mother. Dora announces that Claire is pregnant, but instead of denying the lie, Claire says it's true in an attempt to outdo her gregarious sister. Then when Peter arrives, the mother assumes he is the father. The layers of lies, misconceptions, and coincidences finally explode to reveal comic and tender truths.

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Productions

CRABPOT PLAYERS 5 Performance(s)
ISLE OF PALMS, SC 1/31/2020
CRABPOT PLAYERS 1 Performance(s)
ISLE OF PALMS, SC 1/28/2020
THEATRE GROUP 1 Performance(s)
HOLLAND, PA 1/17/2020
THEATRE GROUP 1 Performance(s)
HOLLAND, PA 1/18/2019
THEATRE GROUP 1 Performance(s)
HOLLAND, NL 4/19/2018
OLD FORT PLAYERS THEATER 5 Performance(s)
FORT MADISON, IA 2/11/2018
OLD FORT PLAYERS THEATER 1 Performance(s)
FORT MADISON, IA 2/11/2018
PRINCE OF WALES PLAYERS 2 Performance(s)
CRAIG, AK 1/26/2018
THEATRE GROUP 1 Performance(s)
HOLLAND, NL 6/13/2017
INDEPENDENT THEATER CLUB 2 Performance(s)
WEST MONROE, LA 2/1/2016
PRAIRIELAND PLAYERS 3 Performance(s)
KERROBERT, SK 5/7/2015
THEATRE GROUP 1 Performance(s)
HOLLAND, NL 8/20/2014
THEATRE GROUP 1 Performance(s)
HOLLAND, NL 1/31/2013
MOOSE JAW COMMUNITY PLAYERS 1 Performance(s)
MOOSE JAW, SK 4/25/2011
MOOSE JAW COMMUNITY PLAYERS 3 Performance(s)
MOOSE JAW, SK 11/26/2010
THEATRE GROUP 1 Performance(s)
HOLLAND, NL 11/16/2009
WILLIAMSPORT HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
WILLIAMSPORT, MD 4/21/2009
SUWANEE VALLEY PLAYERS 6 Performance(s)
BRONSON, FL 1/9/2009
DUBLIN MAINSTREET PLAYERS 2 Performance(s)
EAST DUBLIN, GA 8/1/2008
NORTHLAND PLAYERS INC 4 Performance(s)
CHEBOYGAN, MI 2/7/2008
DUBLIN MAINSTREET PLAYERS 1 Performance(s)
EAST DUBLIN, GA 1/17/2008
THEATRE GROUP 1 Performance(s)
THE NETHERLANDS, 2/2/2007
BRITTON COMMUNITY THEATRE 1 Performance(s)
BRITTON, SD 11/16/2006
BRITTON COMMUNITY THEATRE 1 Performance(s)
BRITTON, SD 11/16/2006
BLAINE COMMUNITY THEATER 6 Performance(s)
BLAINE, WA 10/27/2006
SHERMAN HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
MORO, OR 2/15/2006

Behind The Scenes

PLAYWRIGHT MICHAEL VUKADINOVICH

TALKS ABOUT "MISCONCEPTIONS"

 

Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?

 

A: When I wrote "Misconceptions," I was reading a lot of Neil Simon. But the humor I find really funny is a bit more absurd and dry. The plays of Bart Taylor, for instance, have had a big influence on me, and I am constantly reading his work. I like the idea of taking serious situations and making them funny, or taking funny situations and making them serious. So basically, I wanted to write a play in the style of Simon but with a more absurd Taylorish side.

 

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

 

A: I like the line Dora says in response to her sister Claire after Claire accuses her of stabbing her in the back. Dora says, "Please, I stab in the front." It's one of the first lines I imagined her saying. I also like the part when Peter and the mother meet for the first time and manage to completely misunderstand one another for several minutes, each taking the other's words to mean something entirely different. I love humor that results from misunderstanding or when characters lie and then are forced to live that lie. It's very funny to watch people lie, especially if it is gratuitous, when you know the truth. For instance, if you knew that I have never read anything by a writer named Bart Taylor and that I completely made him up in order to look smart and well read, then my response to the first question is funny instead of boring and pretentious.

 

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

 

A: I could say that all the characters are based on family members but one of them might read this and I have a birthday approaching. So I'll say that the characters are really an exaggerated mesh of people I know, none in my family.

 

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

 

A: I really wanted to write a play with strong, funny female roles. The mother, Dora, and Claire are my favorite characters. I also wanted to write a play that could very simply and effectively be staged -- a play in which the humor and conflict is all character based.