Donny and the Sun King (Tabloid)

By Marta Jorgensen | Playwright
Genre Comedy
Type Musical
Subgenre Spoof/Satire
Time Period Present-Future
Male Actors 5
Female Actors 5
Undefined Actors 6
Length Full Length
Set Complexity intermediate

Summary

Rhoda Haynes, famous playwright has a grudge against Frenchy King and his lying King Media Empire. Rhoda and her family are suing King Media over fake stories written about them which ruined them professionally. She can’t do anything or say anything to jeopardize it but she wants to get even. Hubert, Rhoda’s husband tells her to write a story and get it off her chest. So Rhoda, sitting at her desk, starts banging away on an old fashioned typewriter. She starts a play called Donny and the Sun King. Here is the story as she creates it, inserting herself and her family members, husband Hubert Haynes, daughter Blaze Haynes, as characters (Rhoda Haynes, a playwright; Blaze Haynes, Rhoda’s famous singer daughter; and Hubert Haynes, a Congressman). Just like in real life, the character family debates with Rhoda about plot issues involving them. Rhoda wants an ending she can live with so she tries to write one....Thematic elements are Truth/Family loyalty. It’s a full length modern musical comedy incorporating pop music, dance and tech.

Characters

Lawyer

Gender female
Age 35 - 50 years
Vocal Range Alto
Ethnicity Any
Body Type Any
Personality Analytical Confident Nerdy

Description A business woman in a good suit and has a briefcase. To the point.

Homeless Shelter and Poorhouse Residents Ensemble

Gender undefined
Age 17 - 95 years
Vocal Range not applicable
Ethnicity Any
Body Type Any
Personality Angsty Friendly Nervous

Description A collection of different ages, looks and backgrounds. Singing and dancing involved. Standing around.

Ensemble Kids

Gender undefined
Age 16 - 30 years
Vocal Range Alto
Ethnicity Any
Body Type Any
Personality Quirky Rebellious Youthful

Description Ensemble of Kids of various ages and ethnicity. Sing and dance and butt their way into other people affairs.

Trench Coat Bob

Gender male
Age 45 - 48 years
Vocal Range Baritone
Ethnicity Any
Body Type Any
Personality Angsty Brooding Depressed

Description A relative of Frenchy King. Brooding and skulking informant.

Mr. Perry

Gender male
Age 50 - 50 years
Vocal Range Bass
Ethnicity Any
Body Type Any
Personality Charming Dark Masculine

Description Runs the Perry's Poorhouse located in Rhoda's version of Hell. Creepy but charming.

Blaze Haynes

Gender female
Age 30 - 35 years
Vocal Range Soprano
Ethnicity Any
Body Type Busty
Personality Charming Confident Sexy

Description Famous singer in her 30's daughter of Rhoda and Hubert. Great voice.

Hubert Haynes

Gender male
Age 55 - 60 years
Vocal Range Baritone
Ethnicity Any
Body Type Slender
Personality Diplomatic Fatherly Stoic

Description Hubert Haynes is the husband of Rhoda Haynes and is an ex Congressman with a flare for law and the order of things. Dotes on Rhoda and Blaze Haynes.

Laura Fitzpatrick

Gender female
Age 30 - 35 years
Vocal Range Soprano
Ethnicity Caucasian
Body Type Slender
Personality Analytical Intelligent Strong-willed

Description Is Donny's girlfriend and is also social worker. Hyper, has a degree and is on the phone a lot. Can be bossy and defends Donny.

Donny O'Connelly

Gender male
Age 30 - 35 years
Vocal Range Tenor
Ethnicity Caucasian
Body Type Tall
Personality Ambitious Cheerful Youthful

Description Clean cut short hair twinkle in his eye. Irish decent. Well spoken. Works as a social worker. Into helping people.

Sheila Acer

Gender female
Age 30 - 35 years
Vocal Range Alto
Ethnicity Any
Body Type Athletic
Personality Condescending Sexy Superficial

Description Sheila is a good looking youngish woman who is well kept. News anchor out in the public and has to promote herself. Involved with her boss Frenchy King.

Frenchy King (Francis P. King II)

Gender male
Age 50 - 55 years
Vocal Range Baritone
Ethnicity Caucasian
Body Type Athletic
Personality Ambitious Dominant Flamboyant

Description Flamboyant media tycoon. Short but not too short. Rugged good looks. Self absorbed. He is well kept and a bit narcissistic.

Rhoda Haynes

Gender female
Age 48 - 55 years
Vocal Range Alto
Ethnicity Caucasian
Body Type Petite
Personality Brooding Strong-willed Witty

Description Lucile Ball type with aged red hair. Smoker. New Yorker. likes to be dramatic. Rhoda is the main character and is the play writer.

Special Considerations

  • Character Doubling
  • Multimedia/projections
  • Family Friendly
  • Visual Effects
https://newplayexchange.org/plays/87805/donny-and-sun-king-tabloid

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