Friday, November 7, 2014

"Somebody Famous" stage play script that reminds people of a tame Orange is the new Black type production



I wrote "Somebody Famous" several years ago but it has been gaining in popularity, maybe because of the new show "Orange is the New Black" which seems to remind people of this play.  My version is much more tame I'm sure.  So in a way "Somebody Famous" is a PG version of that show.

"Somebody Famous" is actually an expanded version of "Nobody Famous", the one act play that appears as a play within a play in this script.

This is becoming a popular script and has been done recently in Florida and Albania.  Now it is being produced in the Tri-Cities in Washington State.  Check out the article below for more details.


"Somebody Famous opens Nov. 7 at Richland High"

Tri-City HeraldNovember 5, 2014

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Life in an all-female prison is the backdrop for the dark comedy Somebody Famous, opening Nov. 7 in the Richland High auditorium.


The play by D.M. Larson follows a ditzy kleptomaniac, a scandalous movie star, a bumbling guard and some other odd inmates as they hatch a plan to gain their freedom and escape from prison.

Will they get away with it or get caught? To find out, you’ll have to attend one of the five performances.

Larson told the Herald in an email that his play is a laugh-out-loud comedy.

Larson, a teacher who grew up in Spokane but who now lives in New Mexico, has written a plethora of plays that he makes available for high school and middle school theater departments.

But even if they do, the royalty is just $40 for up to performances, he said. For more information about his plays, go to www.freedrama.net.

Richland High’s new drama director, Erin Ballo, said Somebody Famous is geared toward older audiences but does not contain any foul language.

“This play reminded me of Orange is the New Black, because it’s about female convicts who are trying to escape.



I immediately felt drawn to it because it is a comedy and something people would enjoy seeing,” Ballo said. “Each of the characters are lovable in their own way, and some have very unique backgrounds.”

The cast includes Donna, played by sophomore Hannah Conley, who’s in prison because she’s a nefarious computer hacker; Macy, played by senior Sierra Peck, is the ditzy dame who loves Gus the guard almost as much as she loves jewelry; Gus, played by junior Nathan Ramsey, is the bumbling guard smitten by Macy; Reggie, played by sophomore Ryan Lysher, is a wise-cracking scammer; Melinda, played by senior Kailey Thomsen, is the famous actress who’s in jail for murder; and the prison captain, played by freshman Anthony Mauro, is a tough cookie who bullies everyone. And finally, there’s inmate No. 12006, played by senior Dylan Hartwig, a quiet prisoner who prefers to go by her prison number rather than name.

“My character is unlike any character I’ve done before,” Peck said of her role as Macy. “I usually take the part of the sweet, down-to-earth woman, so I had to look at myself in a new way to really capture Macy’s essence. My personality can be pretty loud and boisterous, though, so it wasn’t too difficult to really get down to the core of what Macy is about.”

The comedy runs Nov. 7 and 14-15 with a curtain time of 7 p.m. There also will be a 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 8. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, with tickets at the door.





Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2014/11/05/3244747/somebody-famous-opens-nov-7-at.html?sp=/99/1191/#storylink=cpy



“My character is unlike any character I’ve done before,” Peck said of her role as Macy. “I usually take the part of the sweet, down-to-earth woman, so I had to look at myself in a new way to really capture Macy’s essence. My personality can be pretty loud and boisterous, though, so it wasn’t too difficult to really get down to the core of what Macy is about.”
The comedy runs Nov. 7 and 14-15 with a curtain time of 7 p.m. There also will be a 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 8. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, with tickets at the door.

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2014/11/05/3244747/somebody-famous-opens-nov-7-at.html?sp=/99/1191/#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2014/11/05/3244747/somebody-famous-opens-nov-7-at.html?sp=/99/1191/#storylink=cpy




Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2014/11/05/3244747/somebody-famous-opens-nov-7-at.html?sp=/99/1191/#storylink=cpy

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