Crisis, Inc.

Play #: 2149
Pages: 28 pgs
Cast: 1 m, 3 w, 5 flexible, extras
Wait—start worrying! No wait—don’t worry. Let Crisis, Inc. worry for you. This farce takes place in the lobby of a business which provides the service of panicking for people. When you have a panic situation and you can’t focus on what to do next, you hire Crisis Inc. to do the panicking so you can move along and get your work done. Two business people come to the company's office – and each of them responsible for the other's crisis situation. Realizing the potential for fireworks should the two meet, the receptionist tries hard to keep them apart. Classic farce devices, such as multiple door slams, quick entrances and exits, and high energy from the employees who panic on cue, keep the humor rolling. Approximate running time: 30 minutes.
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Productions

WEST HANCOCK HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
BRITT, IA 3/16/2018
BETHLEHEM LUTHERAN SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
CARSON CITY, NV 5/19/2017
PROVIDENCE ACADEMY DRAMA CLUB 2 Performance(s)
GREEN BAY, WI 3/11/2016
PAW PAW HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
PAW PAW, MI 1/23/2016
FILLMORE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
HARMONY, MN 2/15/2015
UINTA COUNTY SCH DIST #1 1 Performance(s)
EVANSTON, WY 12/2/2014
ELCHO HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ELCHO, WI 11/7/2014
HERSHEY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
HERSHEY, NE 9/15/2014
CHEVERUS HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
PORTLAND, ME 3/1/2014
LAKESIDE HIGH - FORENSICS 1 Performance(s)
DOWNS, KS 3/3/2013
COTTER HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
WINONA, MN 1/18/2013
ADAMS CENTRAL SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
HASTINGS , NE 11/13/2012
SOUTH COBB HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
AUSTELL, GA 10/25/2012
WHEELER CENTRAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS 3 Performance(s)
BARTLETT, NE 10/15/2012
PANGUITCH HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
PANGUITCH, UT 3/23/2012
PHILIP HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
PHILIP, SD 2/4/2012
PHILIP HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
PHILIP, SD 1/18/2012
AVON PARK HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
AVON PARK, FL 12/15/2011
MILFORD CENTRAL SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
MILFORD , NY 11/20/2011
CHEYENNE PUBLIC SCHOOLS 1 Performance(s)
CHEYENNE, OK 10/15/2011
BARTRAM TRAIL HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
ST. JOHNS, FL 10/15/2011
OPPENHEIM-EPHRATAH CSD 1 Performance(s)
ST JOHNSVILLE, NY 6/2/2011
PEQUOT LAKES HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
PEQUOT LAKES, MN 4/15/2011
TRIUMVIRATE THEATER 2 Performance(s)
KENAI, AK 4/8/2011
PANGUITCH HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
PANGUITCH, UT 3/22/2011
LAWTON-BRONSON SPEECH DRAMA 1 Performance(s)
LAWTON, IA 1/22/2011
WASECA HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
WASECA, MN 1/21/2011
PEQUOT LAKES HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
PEQUOT LAKES, MN 12/4/2010
OAKES PUBLIC SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
OAKES, ND 11/2/2010
FIRST NAZARENE 2 Performance(s)
SPRINGFIELD, IL 10/22/2010
WOLFORD PUBLIC SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
WOLFORD, ND 10/1/2010
RIDGEWOOD HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
NORRIDGE, IL 9/18/2010
BETHLEHEM LUTHERAN SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
CARSON CITY, NV 5/14/2010
LUMBERTON HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
LUMBERTON, TX 4/15/2010
W-A-O HIGH SCH 1 Performance(s)
WARREN, MN 2/15/2010
W-A-O HIGH SCH 1 Performance(s)
WARREN, MN 1/15/2010
CCS-DRAMA CLUB 2 Performance(s)
CINCINNATUS, NY 12/10/2009
RANDOLPH CLAY HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
CUTHBERT, GA 10/30/2009
THEATRE GROUP 1 Performance(s)
DULLES, VA 6/17/2009
WIBAUX PUBLIC SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
WIBAUX, MT 5/7/2009
NORTHERN HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ALLEN, KS 4/18/2009
ANDERSON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
GARNETT, KS 1/10/2009

Behind The Scenes

PLAYWRIGHT DANIEL MUNSON

TALKS ABOUT “CRISIS INC.”

Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?

A: I knew I was going to be directing a one act for competition for a local high school and since the students really wanted to do a comedy, I thought I should write a farce mistaken identity, quick exits and entrances, in and out of doors, unlikely situations, physical humor, deliberate nonsense, and innuendo. While there's no actual chase scene, I think that the appearance on-stage of a dozen or more employees yelling and screaming in panic, serves the purpose of a chase (humorous pandemonium).

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

A: I actually REALLY like all the characters. The performer in me would love to tackle any of these parts, to find the humor in them. If you twisted my arm, I might say that I am most proud of Belinda Taggert. When I held the auditions for the play, I had three young ladies that I was seriously considering for the parts of "Lila" and "Jenny." The trouble was, whichever one I didn't cast there, had no other part. I hated the idea of such a talented performer not getting a part. It hit me then...this was my play and I could do what I wanted. I had a rough beginning that I knew needed to be worked out, so I created the role of Belinda for my performer, and it helped me establish what Crisis Inc. was and what the company did. And of course, Belinda's exit always got one of the biggest laughs of the entire show.

Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?

A: These characters are not consciously based on anyone I know, including myself. When I write for theatre, I have to be able to visualize all the movements and hear the lines spoken, and will often sit at my desk, speaking out loud to try to get the speech patterns right for each character, but I still don't think I'm there...not entirely, anyway. I think it would be hard to write a part that I couldn't identify with, in some way.

For this play, I tried to imagine characters that would be good for the situation. I like to create as much conflict in as many places as I can. The character of Tracey, for instance. Her very character is conflicted...one of the best panickers of the company, yet when she's not in panic mode, is the slowest moving person there. Lila, the central figure of the office around which all the action revolves, has the job of keeping order in an office of pandemonium. Every time Ted appears, there is conflict (and humor) because he is never talking to the person to whom he appears to be talking to. So, the characters came out of a need to create a situation, more than anything else.

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

A: I wanted to create something fun and entertaining.

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

A: As a writer, director, and occasionally a performer, I think that even in a situation as totally absurd and farcical as "Crisis, Inc.," it is much more interesting, and funny, if the characters are real. Personally, I think that 'characters' are funnier than 'caricatures.'