More Plays by Michael Walker

Franklin and the Ladies

Historical Drama.  4m, 5w

Franklin and the Ladies is a two-act, historically-accurate drama about Franklin Roosevelt and the powerful women in his life. A long-dead FDR, tormented by the memories of his loves and lovers, cannot find rest in eternity. On this night, he gives these memories to the audience in hopes of achieving peace. The women – all willing actors for the evening – include Eleanor and his two lovers Lucy Mercer and Missy LeHand. As FDR’s story unfolds, the memories appear to the women to be fractured and distorted. They feel FDR is misrepresenting them to the audience, and they rebel by taking over the play. They quickly “disrobe” the presidential Franklin to reveal a man who caused remarkable pain in those whom he claimed to love.

 

The Switchboard

One-Act Comedy. 2m, 3w

George works days, nights and weekends as a plumber and Edna stays in the apartment and answers the company phones – all six of them. It drives Edna crazy that they ring constantly and George is never there to answer them. It drives George crazy that Edna complains and never has dinner ready on time. Sweet, sweet Edna and bitter, bitter George are not happy in their marriage. However, when Edna buys a mail-order vintage switchboard, “Guaranteed to Change Your Life,” something magical occurs. Much to Edna’s joy, whenever a call is put through the switchboard, the caller appears in the apartment in person for a lively conversation. Edna’s life has certainly changed forever and she is thrilled. And soon George’s life will change as well – now that Edna has found out what he’s really doing on those late nights and weekends. This new, surreal, one-act comedy takes place on a single, sparse set.

 

A Christmas Carol

Adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Christmas story with music.

17 actors, with doubling, townspeople and children

A traditional re-telling of the famous Christmas story with over 30 characters played by as few as 17 actors. The script allows for an expanded cast including children and choruses of townspeople. Michael Walker’s adaptation of this holiday play calls for an open, bare stage, where townspeople bring on scenery and “wagons” to define the locations including street scenes, Scrooges counting house and his famous bedroom. While the scenes are being changed, the townspeople sing traditional carols and might even dance!

 

Flying

Psychological thriller. 1m, 1w, 1 boy (10)

A psychologically scarred young boy, Peter, is growing up under the care of his older sister, Tess. Unable to face the memory of the unthinkable abuse of his short childhood, Peter lives in a world of his own making. When he becomes too agitated or pressured, he closes his eyes and “flies” to a more beautiful existence. Tess and Peter’s comfortable home and delicate life come under attack when their abusive father is released from prison and is intent on punishing the children who testified and sent him there. This psychological thriller takes place on a unit set in the present day.

 

McGonigal's Ironicals

Drama. 9m, 3w

If the game is high-stakes darts, the team you want to bet on is McGonigal’s Ironicals from McGonigal’s Pub on the South Side of town. And if you are the best dart throwing newcomer in town, like Kid Chris, then that’s the team you want to play on. Mary was proud of her boyfriend, Chris, when he made the team and she became an avid fan, but she didn’t know that Captain McGonigal ruled his team with an iron fist and he wasn’t fond of girlfriends distracting his players. When Mary tries to outsmart him, the fight gets nasty and ends with Chris having to choose between the girl and the game. This new play by Michael Walker calls for the indication of the interior of the pub and an inset of Chris and Mary’s apartment.

 

Sour Grapes

Drama. 2m, 2w

It is sometime in the future and the world is on the doorstep of an apocalyptic war. All food is strictly rationed as the government is stocking supplies for the future in sheltered cavernous warehouses. Because so much food is needed, many “less-necessary” citizens are not given any rations at all. Red and Thompson have been given unusual, important jobs and unique privileges: they are waiter and waitress in Lee’s Restaurant – an outpost of serenity and a refuge from the chaos outside. Only very special guests of the government are allowed to be served at Lee’s and when they arrive, they are treated very specially indeed. The finest wine and fine food are on the menu for their dinner guest tonight – a mysterious woman who calls herself Rishi – but unfortunately as fine as the evening may be, this will be Rishi’s last meal.