New One-Act Play
"Four of a Kind" has been a hit show for years and the four girls on the show have grown up in front of a television audience. Unbeknownst to them until recently, they have been woefully underpaid by industry standards and are getting only a portion of what their "on-air" father makes. When the studio refuses to re-negotiate, the girls take matters into their own hands during their live season finale! While holding all of the cards, the four girls re-negotiate their contract during commercial breaks at the threat of very serious plot repercussions! Approximately 35-40 minutes.
Playwright Brent Holland Talks About His Play
The Almost Final Episode of Four of a Kind
What inspired you to write this play?
I grew up on a lot of cheesy family-based sitcoms and always find it funny to read the behind the scenes articles. I thought it would be funny to air all of that out in the form of a play.
What's your favorite part or line in the play? Why?
Watching my kids try to revive Arabella on stage with chest compressions on stage always made me laugh. Pretty much all of the reveals right before the commercial breaks can be funny if done right.
Where did the characters come from? Are they based on people you know?
Arabella, Jasmine, Ana and Allie are four girls who played principal characters in another of my shows. (Former Students at Laney High School.) They were really close, and their personalities show through in their counterparts here. I wanted their dad to be like an evil version of Bob Sagat, so I told the actor to do some research on him.
What did you try to achieve with this play?
I wanted this show to be an entertaining and frantic romp in the off-camera world of a situation comedy. Its length makes it perfect for a competition (which was my intention in writing it.)
Do you have anything else you'd like to add?
I am perfectly fine with small alterations to fit your situation. If you have any questions you can contact me and I would be happy to help you in any way I can!