The Midville Community Theatre is financially strapped again! Big Earl, the director, and Bitsy, a longtime volunteer, agree they must find a hit play from the annual contest entries to fund their upcoming season. This year’s finalists include plays from a New Yorker with a big-city attitude; a nerdy, first-time playwright from Wisconsin; and a nameless but supposedly famous published playwright. But there are problems: the elderly Carlsson sisters, with their infamous hot tub history, are on the final judging committee again, and Juleelee, the mayor’s daughter, wants to be the lead in all three plays. Which play will win and will it save the theatre? Nepotism and love conspire to create an evening of unabashed fun.
Playwright Dan D'Amario Talks About
"Real Close to Broadway!"
Q.: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A.: While returning home from my first playwriting festival, I was flooded with ideas for a parody of the event and people I'd met.
Q.: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A.: I like when Martin arrives at the airport. Great opportunity for physical comedy.
Q.: WHERE DO THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
A.: Some characters are loosely based on theatre people I've met - I'm sure you can find them, too.
Q.: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A.: Both a spoof and homage to community theatre.
Q.: ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SAY ABOUT IT?
A.: I tried to make interesting characters that actors could have lots of fun with.