Visitors in Suburbia
by Alan David Perkins
Copyright © 2002
Lola has invited Beth, her friend from work and her husband, over for a
cocktail party. She bullies her husband, Klaatu, a bit for his
laziness. Beth arrives but her husband, Gort, is delayed for trying to
find a parking space. The ladies exit while Gort arrives and must now
talk to Klaatu. After some small talk, Klaatu feels he knows
Gort. The soon learn that they are both aliens sent to Earth to scout
for conquest. They also learn that they now have to kill each other.
Watch for the "surprise" ending!
LOLA - Woman, mid-30's to mid 40's. Klaatu's wife. Lola is, for the
lack of a better word, hostile.
BETH - Woman, mid-30's to mid 40's. Gort's wife. Beth is not quite as
hostile as Lola, but hostile nonetheless.
KLAATU - Man, mid-30's to mid-40's. Lola's husband. Klaatu is a
GORT - Man, mid-30's to mid-40's. Beths' husband. Gort is a little
20 - 25 minutes.
The play takes place in the living room of Lola and Klaatu. It is a
bit opulent living room fare - sofa, chairs, coffee table, etc. Also
present is a bar and computer desk with PC. Door is upstage. It
is present day.
There are a few food props necessary, like martini glasses, a jar of
pickles and a cheese board. Also needed are two alien-type guns.
This is one of those ideas that have been mulling around in my mind for a
long time. It once started out as a five-page sketch called "My
Husband is an Alien." I like the comic premise of two strangers
who are fast friends but are bound to kill each other. The sketch just
ended the conflict quickly, but in an expanded form I get to show their
actual attempts at homicide.
This one-act was written for a one-act festival that never
happened. That was just fine with me as there were many physical bits
that weren't written in when it was submitted.
CONTACTING THE PLAYWRIGHT:
The entire script of
Visitors in Suburbia is available upon request
from the playwright. No
production of this play can take place without permission from the