Visitors in Suburbia
by Alan David Perkins
Copyright © 2002


One-act comedy.


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 little stiff.
GORT - Man, mid-30's to mid-40's. Beths' husband. Gort is a little skittish.


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.


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 playwright.