It is the summer of 1963 and the kids of Point West Beach in Southern California have just graduated from high school and are looking to their futures. Sandy wants to start a singing group called Sandy and the Sonics with best friends Zoey and Joanie. Yup wants to hang out on the beach for the rest of his life. Vinny will be in charge of the beach food shack while his Uncle Ziggy, the owner, takes a trip to Greece. Suddenly everything gets turned upside down with the news that "Surfin’ Summer," the next Gina and Johnny beach movie, will be filmed at Point West and local kids will be used as extras. The teens are disappointed to learn the two Hollywood stars are a lot different in real life, and that the movie’s surfing scenes are really filmed on dry land! Soon Sandy and the Sonics find themselves headed for a musical wipeout, and Vinny discovers he’s about to lose Ziggy’s place to a swindler.
PLAYWRIGHT MICHAEL DRUCE
TALKS ABOUT "SURFIN' SUMMER"
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A: Sometimes my plays evolve because of my interest in visiting some place new on stage. I had not done a beach setting before. I picked 1963 because that was the beginning of the beach party genre movies.
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A: The movie scenes are my favorites because of the confusion between the movie dialogue and the real lives of the characters.
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A: I wanted to write a light, upbeat comedy filled with the naivety and innocence we associate with the late ‘50s and early ‘60s.