Saturday Matinee

Book By: Dan Roberts
Play #: 2278
Pages: 29 pgs
Cast: 3 m, 7 w, 4 flexible

Movie audiences can often be as entertaining as the film itself. This imaginative one-act comedy takes place during the waiting period before a movie begins, offering a rare look at the personalities and idiosyncrasies of typical teen audience members. Alice only wants to enjoy the movie alone but someone's always invading her space. Kent doesn't know how much he wants to flirt with his date Maria, and she is shocked at her reactions. Mindy is a social outcast and just ripe for snotty Laura's tricks. Meanwhile, Ben continues to chow down, while two latecomers vie for seats. Everyone will recognize these and other characters in this hilarious slice of life. Plenty of twists and turns, unique literary devices and easy staging make this an excellent piece for small theatre spaces, touring and drama festivals.

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CRESTON HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
CRESTON, IA 4/26/2019
NEWCASTLE ISD 1 Performance(s)
NEWCASTLE, TX 2/2/2019
PERRIN-WHITT CISD 1 Performance(s)
PERRIN, TX 11/13/2018
LAKE FOREST HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
LAKE FOREST, IL 8/25/2018
CHICO HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
CHICO, TX 11/14/2017
JASON LEE MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
TACOMA, WA 6/7/2017
ST. LUKES EPISCOPAL SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
SAN ANTONIO, TX 5/17/2017
PRAIRIE VALLEY ISD 1 Performance(s)
NOCONA, TX 4/20/2017
PRAIRIE VALLEY ISD 2 Performance(s)
NOCONA, TX 3/7/2017
TREE OF LIFE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS 2 Performance(s)
COLUMBUS, OH 2/10/2017
SAVANNAH MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
OREGON, MO 12/16/2016
ESTERO HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
ESTERO, FL 11/9/2016
MANCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE 2 Performance(s)
NEW FRANKLIN , OH 10/22/2016
PEARLAND ISD 1 Performance(s)
PEARLAND, TX 4/19/2016
REDVERS SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
REDVERS , SK 4/13/2016
DRAMA DEPARTMENT 1 Performance(s)
BOTKINS, OH 4/1/2016
FREMONT MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
FREMONT, MI 3/18/2016
MCCARROLL MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
DECATUR , TX 2/13/2016
NORWAYNE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
CRESTON, OH 1/26/2016
SWITZERLAND POINT MIDDLE SCHOO 1 Performance(s)
JACKSONVILLE, FL 12/5/2015
NORTHEASTERN HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
MANCHESTER, PA 9/25/2015
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RICHMOND, TX 5/15/2015
HARRISON HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
HARTLAND, MI 5/8/2015
CHISHOLM MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ENID, OK 4/30/2015
WOLSELEY HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
WOLSELEY, SK 4/25/2015
PEARLAND JR HIGH SCHOOL SOUTH 1 Performance(s)
PEARLAND, TX 3/15/2015
BLACK BOX THEATRE GROUP 1 Performance(s)
HOUSTON, TX 12/5/2014
SARGENT PUBLIC SCHOOLS 1 Performance(s)
SARGENT, NE 11/26/2014
WENDELL HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
WENDELL, ID 11/20/2014
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HOUSTON, TX 11/15/2014
ANNA HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
ANNA, OH 11/7/2014
JAMESTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
JAMESTOWN, ND 10/15/2014
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CRESTON, OH 6/28/2014
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BEVERLY HILLS, MI 1/17/2013
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DAVIDSON, SK 12/12/2012
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CROSWELL, MI 11/16/2012
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CHARDON, OH 5/11/2012
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AUSTIN, MN 1/29/2009
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MARION, VA 11/15/2008
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CLAYTON, NY 11/6/2008
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DRUMMOND, WI 10/25/2008
CCT CHILDRENS THEATRE 2 Performance(s)
CHILLICOTHE, OH 8/15/2008
LITTLE COLONEL PLAYERS 2 Performance(s)
CRESTWOOD, KY 8/2/2008
NORTHWEST GUILFORD HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
GREENSBORO, NC 5/1/2008
HEBRON PUBLIC SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
HEBRON, ND 4/28/2008
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LIVE OAK, TX 4/24/2008
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LEESBURG, OH 4/11/2008
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CHILHOWIE, VA 11/2/2007
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E LIVERPOOL, OH 6/29/2007
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BELLEFONTAINE, OH 6/15/2007
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TOLEDO, OH 5/30/2007
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CAPE ELIZABETH, ME 5/24/2007
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Behind The Scenes

PLAYWRIGHT DAN ROBERTS TALKS ABOUT "SATURDAY MATINEE"

 

Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?

A: A few years ago, I directed Michael Frayn's play, "Audience," in which the plot focused on people attending a theatrical production. This concept appealed to me as a former actor whose audiences were often far more interesting than whatever it was I was trying to do on stage. It was a simple leap from Frayn's theater to an American movie house, where youngsters always prove to be entertaining and are the reason why I stay home and watch cable movies.

The device of thinking aloud was inspired by an old "Saturday Night Live" bit, where the actors would actually speak the subtext along with the dialogue. To me, this was hilarious. For those, however, who prefer a more traditional approach, I have suggested recording the spoken subtext with reverb (an old soap opera device, which I think is equally funny) and it eliminates a good deal of memorization.

 

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

A: I would like to say that my favorite character is Ben because he is a free-wheeler like I am. But I'm not. Or maybe Laura could be my favorite because she's delightfully evil like I am. But I'm not evil either. Or, maybe it's Tom, who is genuinely empathetic like .. No, my empathy isn't genuine. Or, I could say Kent is my favorite because he continually worries about his manhood like I do. But I don't! (Honest.) Okay, it's Holly, who has the guts to confront obnoxious people like I do. No, I'm always afraid they might have a pistol. I guess my favorite character is Alice. She's an insecure, antisocial observer of society who is a victim of her own skewed self-concept. Yeah, that's me.

 

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

A: The characters represent every student I've taught over the past forty years and every one of my childhood friends. I am constantly amazed at how our little fruit basket of humanity gets along as well as it does.

 

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

A: I have attempted nothing deep or meaningful with "Saturday Matinee," although sociologists and psychologists might have fun with it. It is meant to be a simple photograph of a moment in life that most of us have shared at least once.

 

Q: ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SAY ABOUT IT?

A: I hope that guy with the nachos reads it.