Online Breakups Gone Wrong

Book By: Bradley Walton
Play #: 2530
Pages: 30 pgs
Cast: 18 Characters

New One-Act Play

 

This show can be done on stage or online. 

The internet makes everything easier, whether it’s staying connected with old friends, shopping, or breaking up with your significant other. But just because online breakups are easier doesn’t mean they’re a good idea. As seen in these eleven vignettes, the results can be awkward, unpredictable, and hilarious.

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Productions

PAINT BRANCH HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
ODENTON, MD 4/23/2021
TRI-COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
KARLSTAD, MN 1/26/2021

Behind The Scenes

With Bradley Walton

 

What inspired you to write this play?

During the spring of 2020, schools had closed due to COVID-19, and a need for online plays was emerging.  I originally conceived this as a silly fluff piece for the COVID era.  (Given how scary things were, I figured students and audiences could really go for some silly fluff.)  As the script developed over a period of months, it became a little less fluffy and themes about confronting toxic male entitlement worked their way in.

 

What’s your favorite part or line in the play?  Why?

The takedown of toxic male entitlement that concludes the show.  Because there really are guys like that out there, and they deserve some comeuppance.

 

Where did the characters come from?  Are they based on people you know?

Most of the characters just came from my head, although the general attitude of the aforementioned entitled male perhaps drew some inspiration from a few gentlemen who’d made news headlines in recent years.

  

What did you try to achieve with this play?

Ultimately, I just wanted to make people laugh and feel entertained.  But I also tried to write something that would stay relevant and relatable after COVID was over, and could be performed on actual stages as well as online.

  

Do you have anything else you’d like to add?

Neither of the characters in the scene “2 AM” were based on me or anyone I know, but the scenario was inspired by personal experience.  In “2 AM,” someone realizes they’re not passionate about their significant other after listening to an old “Weird Al” Yankovic song called “Good Enough for Now.”  During my senior year of high school, my girlfriend broke up with me after hearing that song and realizing it described her feelings about our relationship.  It sucked at the time, but I’m happy to say that all these years later, she’s one of the few people from high school I’m still in touch with and we’ve remained very good friends.