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At the end of another successful Door County theatrical season, eight key members of the Door County Barn Theatrical Guild receive elegant invitations:
“Barn End of Season Gala Bash and House Warming.”
“You are cordially invited to be the guests of Connie and Durward Draper at their new estate on Gull Island. Bring only
your clothes. Formal Gourmet meals and an unmatched bar.
A weekend to relax and remember."
"Meet the boat and Gill’s Rock on Friday at 5 p.m. August 15, 20 __.”
"P.S. Leave your damn cell phones at home."
All eight accept the invitation, and make the seven-mile trip across the open waters of Green Bay to Gull Island aboard Captain Morgan’s ferry. But once all have disembarked, a fierce lake storm hits, trapping the invitees and providing one or more persons with the perfect opportunity for “murder.” As the bodies pile up, the desperate survivors conduct their own amateur investigation in a forlorn attempt to save their own lives.
Cast Requirements: 5 Men and 5 Women
Full Length Play. Runs Approx. 2 hours
Suitability: High School through Adult
“The Gulls” --
Cast of Characters
Phyllis Flambé. The Cook. She is not unattractive, but appears
to be rather flustered. A competent cook.
Ivan. The Butler. The quint-essential butler. He might be mistaken for
Count Dracula. Attentive.
Bill Carson. A Barn Theatrical Director. Self-assured. A
creative artist who likes living “on the edge.”
Sean McCarthy. Another Theatrical Director. In love with himself
Brutally honest. Insensitive to others.
Pamela Carter An somewhat aging Leading Lady. Still
attractive. Sarcastic. Self-centered.
Melissa Johnson A young Leading Lady. The ingenue. Beautiful,
sweet, capable, caring.
Robert “Bob” Bookman. The Barn president. About 65. Shows his
age. Erstwhile leading man. Gentle. Common.
Constance Draper. A definitely aging Leading Lady, and the wife
of the Barn’s former president. Competent, Sincere. Nobody’s
Durward Draper. The Barn’s pre-eminent Leading Man and
erstwhile president. Great personal charm and warmth.
Intelligent. He dyes his hair to hide his age. Hardy.
Kay O’Banion. One More Theatrical Director. About 65.
Pleasant. Her casting is always political.
A Brief Excerpt from
Ivan. This way, please. (Ivan enters to C above sofa from down stage
left, struggling to carry four medium sized pieces of luggage. Sean
follows him to R end of sofa table. Bill follows. Pamela stops inside
front door, taking in room. (As Ivan reach C, he turns back to them, in
a voice not unlike Dracula’s) Welcome to Gull House. I will take your
luggage up to you rooms. You will, I am delighted to say, find the bar
well-stocked. (Starts for stairs. Bill's question stops him)
Bill Carson. Gull House. Why do they call it that?
Ivan. (Turns to them at stairs. Dryly) I can’t imagine, Sir. You might try
asking one of the many denizens (referring to the gulls) of the island.
Perhaps they’ll know.
Bill. ( From immediately right of the front door) Yes. I don’t believe you
told us your name.
Ivan. I’m sorry, Sir. You may call me Ivan. (Pronouncing it Ee-von)
Sean McCarthy. (Sarcastically) Why? Is that your name?
Ivan. Yes, Sir.
Sean. In this country, it’s most often pronounced, Ivan. (Pronouncing it
Ivan, rather than Ee-von) Are you Russian?
Ivan. I’m Hungarian, Sir. (He he begins to exit stairs, up stage right, to
Sean. From the Transylvanian region, no doubt?
Ivan. Yes, Sir. (He exits upstairs)
Pamela Carter. (Following him to base of stairs, up stage right. Peeks.
Then turns to others) Oh great! we’re stuck on a god-forsaken island,
seven miles out in Lake Michigan, and our butler is Count Dracula.
Bill. (Crossing DSL. Tossing line) I suspect he only looks like Count
Pamela. Does he give any of you the creeps, or is it just me? (Indicating
she is chilled)
Sean McCarthy. (A step to Pamela) I think it’s just you, darling. The
rest of us all realize that Dracula is a fictional character. (Sean crosses
upstage to look out the windows on the up stage wall at the lake)
Bill. Exactly. Vampires, Pamela, dear, live only in literature and in the
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