Calvin Rogers is a young husband who has created a fictional daughter so that he can enter various contests through the mail. When a phone call informs him that his daughter has won the grand prize in the Giggle Gardens Theme Park contest, he is overjoyed--until he learns that the publicity department is coming to his house to photograph the lucky girl. So now, all he has to do is send his wife on a wild goose chase, enlist the aid of his macho brother-in-law, find someone to play his daughter, convince the suspicious contest promoters, and side-step a truancy officer – all before his wife returns. Children can change your life!
Winner of the Playwright Project Competition sponsored by the Orpheus Theatre, Oneonta, NY.
PLAYWRIGHT SCOTT ICENHOWER
TALKS ABOUT “NO KIDDING!”
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A: Before I mailed a request for some gardening information, I decided to use another name with my return address. I believed that this company would put my name on various mailing lists and by using the name Claire Isabel (“Clear as a bell”) I could track the amount of junk mail. Sure enough, Claire received junk mail. She actually was pre-approved for a line of credit. Of course going any further with this would be wrong but it got me thinking – on one level it’s easy to create a person. Why would someone do this and what would happen? The play was born.
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A: In act II, Officer Gentry is trying to ask Calvin and his wife a question, but everyone is in a group watching Gentry. I still enjoy him verbally dispersing the crowd.
Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
A: My wife and I are childless by choice and many of our reasons are echoed by Calvin and Sandra. Of course they change their minds and we have nephews.
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A: I have observed people who have children, but not enough time to be with them. I hope this play will subtly and in an entertaining way remind parents and parents-to-be of the reasons to have children and “pay attention to them” more often.