LEONA, LOVE THY NEIGHBOR, TOO
By Gary Ray Stapp
Cast: 5 m, 6 w, 1 boy, 1 girl, 4 extra children, doubling possible.
Script: 84 pages
Champion marigold horticulturist, neighborhood snoop, and generally nasty human being Leona Crump is back! Nine years earlier, she was tricked into selling her home and nearly ousted from her neighborhood as the result of an elaborate charade instigated by her friends and foes. But now, finally, her old house is on the market, and Leona is determined to move back home. Unfortunately, the real estate agent has been instructed to never sell the house back to Leona. Reluctantly, Leona partners with her estranged sister Francine (who has her own agenda), and the two of them pounce on the opportunity of a decade. But just as Leona begins to enjoy the fruits of her victory, Albert, her ex-husband, shows up and, with the help of neighbors Judy and Paul and their six children, they turn Leona’s world inside out. Determined to again reign as queen of the cul-de-sac, Leona brazenly plots to choose replacement neighbors that will fit her idea of utopia. That is, until a reformed mafia family shows up wanting to buy Leona’s house. Suspecting yet another charade and conspiracy, Leona goes off the deep end leading everyone to wonder: Is she really the neighborhood witch, or just slightly, but hilariously, misunderstood?
(Meet Leona and friends in “Love Thy Neighbor,” the original play by Gary Ray Stapp.)
#8505 – Leona, Love Thy Neighbor, Too
"This show broke all box office records as the centerpiece of our 25th anniversary season. From the time we announced that we would produce 'Leona...' about nine months before opening night, our audience began to reminisce about 'Love Thy Neighbor' and the characters they remembered and loved. There are lots of options when it comes to selecting scripts to produce. We have come to know Gary and his plays as can't-miss choices for our audiences." - T.E. with The Chamber Players Community Theater, Inc.
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