Avoiding The Pitfalls...

Play #: 2358
Pages: 28 pgs
Cast: Cast 5M, 5W, some doubling possible.
Welcome to "Avoiding the Pitfalls of High School Dating," a seminar for high school students who have trouble going on dates. Your hosts for the evening are Lucky Daye and Starry Knight, two people who have invested their entire life savings into creating this simple system of five "never-fail" rules for dating success. Lenny and Matilda, two outcasts, have been brought in to demonstrate the system by going on a series of speed-dates to bring the five simple rules to life. Through a series of humorous and humiliating scenes and hilarious one-liners, we will see if the system is really all it is cracked up to be, or if Lucky and Starry are in for a long, long night. This one-act comedy is simple to produce, and will keep the audience rolling in the aisles-- even if they came without a date!
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SAINT STEPHENS AND SAINT 1 Performance(s)
ALEXANDRIA, VA 11/16/2018
Lincoln Junior High School 2 Performance(s)
Bentonville, AR 11/14/2018
Chilton County High School 1 Performance(s)
CLANTON, AL 11/3/2018
PAW PAW HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
PAW PAW, MI 3/23/2018
RS MCLAUGHLIN CVI 2 Performance(s)
OSHAWA, ON 2/21/2018
HERMAN-NORCROSS SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
HERMAN, MN 1/27/2018
EAST MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
SANDIA PARK, NM 12/8/2017
GADSDEN CITY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
GADSDEN, AL 12/2/2017
GADSDEN CITY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
GADSDEN, AL 11/4/2017
INDEPENDENCE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
COLDWATER, MS 10/23/2017
LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
LAKE ST LOUIS , MO 10/15/2017
ST JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA 3 Performance(s)
ST JOSEPH, MI 5/4/2017
LAKE OSWEGO HIGH SCHOOL 4 Performance(s)
LAKE OSWEGO, OR 3/11/2017
GASTON DAY SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
GASTONIA, NC 2/28/2017
DR MICHAEL M KROP SENIOR HIGH 2 Performance(s)
MIAMI, FL 2/9/2017
AVON MIDDLE HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
AVON, MA 1/6/2017
GREEN RUN HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA 1/6/2017
ANNA HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ANNA, OH 11/4/2016
DOTHAN HIGH DRAMA CLUB 2 Performance(s)
DOTHAN, AL 10/7/2016
LAWRENCE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN 8/31/2016
KENWOOD ACADEMY 2 Performance(s)
CHICAGO, IL 6/8/2016
COMPASS PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
MERIDIAN, ID 5/21/2016
GORDON F. KELLS HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
CARLYLE, SK 4/25/2016
COMPASS PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
MERIDIAN, ID 4/22/2016
GODDARD HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
GODDARD, KS 4/22/2016
GORDON F. KELLS HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
CARLYLE, SK 4/12/2016
PHOENIX ACADEMY 1 Performance(s)
CARMANVILLE, NL 4/7/2016
THE CLASSICAL ACADEMY HS 3 Performance(s)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 2/25/2016
EUREKA SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
EUREKA SPRINGS, AR 2/12/2016
WAVERLY-SOUTH SHORE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
WAVERLY, SD 11/15/2015
PIUTE HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA 2 Performance(s)
JUNCTION, UT 11/13/2015
SOLDOTNA HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
SOLDOTNA, AK 11/12/2015
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KING GEORGE, VA 11/6/2015
HOWARDS GROVE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
HOWARDS GROVE, WI 11/6/2015
SHILOH HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
SNELLVILLE, GA 11/5/2015
PIEDRA VISTA HIGH SCHOOL 4 Performance(s)
FARMINGTON, NM 10/30/2015
HILLSBORO HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
HILLSBORO, ND 10/25/2015
WESTERN HILLS HS THEATRE 2 Performance(s)
FORT WORTH, TX 5/19/2015
GAREY HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
POMONA, CA 5/13/2015
SETON CATHOLIC PREPARATORY HIG 2 Performance(s)
CHANDLER, AZ 4/17/2015
OUACHITA HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
DONALDSON, AR 4/3/2015
AMOS COMENIUS MEMORIAL SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
HOPEDALE, NL 3/26/2015
HIAWATHA HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
KIRKLAND, IL 2/15/2015
AUBURN ADVENTIST ACADEMY 1 Performance(s)
AUBURN, WA 2/14/2015
RUTLAND HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
RUTLAND, SD 1/24/2015
LAUGHLIN HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
LAUGHLIN, NV 12/20/2014
QUINCY HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
QUINCY, WA 11/20/2014
ONE ACT PLAY 1 Performance(s)
BROWNSVILLE, TX 11/20/2014
SHIRLEY DRAMA 2 Performance(s)
SHIRLEY, AR 11/14/2014
YORK COMPREHENSIVE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
YORK, SC 10/30/2014
PERRIS HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
PERRIS, CA 10/15/2014
MIDLAND TRAIL HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
HICO, WV 10/11/2014
WVU TECH UPWARD BOUND 1 Performance(s)
MONTGOMERY, WV 7/14/2014
MARYSTOWN CENTRAL HIGH 1 Performance(s)
MARYSTOWN, NL 5/24/2014
PIKEVIEW HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
PRINCETON, WV 5/15/2014
LEMOORE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
LEMOORE, CA 5/5/2014
MCGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC DRAMA 1 Performance(s)
MOBILE, AL 5/1/2014
GLAD-WEST RECREATION COMMISSIO 3 Performance(s)
GLADSTONE, MB 5/1/2014
MARYSTOWN CENTRAL HIGH 1 Performance(s)
MARYSTOWN, NL 4/6/2014
NORTON HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA CLUB 2 Performance(s)
NORTON, MA 3/7/2014
CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
TOLEDO, OH 3/7/2014
HOWARD SCHOOL DISTRICT 48-3 1 Performance(s)
HOWARD, SD 1/29/2014

Behind The Scenes

PLAYWRIGHT BOBBY KENISTON TALKS ABOUT HIS PLAY

AVOIDING THE PITFALLS OF HIGH SCHOOL DATING

Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?

A: I wrote this play after reading an online article that was all about tips for high school dating. It was good advice as far as I was concerned, just as Lucky and Starry give good advice in the play. Being the jokester that I am, I thought, “What if some crazy characters take this good advice, and make it all go awry?”

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?

A: To be honest, I love, absolutely love Lenny’s first date when he’s supposed to be “developing his personality”. The fact that he becomes Baluthsa, a great warrior who speaks in medieval silliness just makes me giggle.

Q: TELL US ABOUT THE CHARACTERS.

A: Lucky and Starry are two people who have developed this system for avoiding the pitfalls of high school dating, and are doing a seminar about it (or, an infomercial if you prefer). They are bright and cheery, a little phony, which is what makes it so fun when their animosity toward one another begins to surface.

Lenny is a teenage boy who, shall we say, is not very socially aware. And Matilda is a bit of a dark girl, obsessed with dark things.

Lenny and Matilda's dates are fairly average high school students, perhaps with a bit more patience than most. Matilda's MOM is overbearing, and her DAD has a ridiculously short fuse.

Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?

A: I really wanted to write a play that I thought would make teenagers laugh. I also was trying to construct a play that was easy to stage, with minimal sets, and, easy to rehearse with some little vignettes. I honestly think even the smallest budget could produce this play and have the audience rolling in the aisles.

Q: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?

A: Have fun with this script, but, remember, the more these outrageous characters are honestly outrageous (instead of “winking at the audience”), the funnier the show will be. Lucky, Starry, Lenny, Matilda, and all the other wonderful supporting characters should not be in on the joke, but rather really be reacting to the crazy stuff going on.