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MARTIANS OVER BROOKLYNAdd to Cart
By: Laurie BryantAdd to Wish List
Script: $7.50
Notebook Script: $16.75
   (8.5 x 11 3-ring binder with large margins for notes)
First Performance Royalty: $60.00
Each Additional Performance: $60.00
Limited Video Rights: $30.00
Type: Full Length Play
Genre: Comedy
Themes: Emotional Distress, Movies, Film & Television, Science Fiction
Running Time: 75 minutes
Speaking Cast: 16 females, 8-10 males, 7 either, 31-33 total cast
Flexibility: 0-10 extras, doubling possible, gender flexible
ISBN: 978-1-61588-246-5
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Author's Notes:
Martians Over Brooklyn is a play in two acts that depicts Brooklyn neighborhood on the evening of Orson Welles infamous 1938 radio broadcast announcing a Martian invasion. Coupling a mix of complex and comic characters, and meticulous historical research, the story unfolds as the Bonacelli family deals with the reality of abandonment by their father. Daughter Jo has her feet firmly planted in Depression era reality, but young Anthony, his mother Patty, and grandfather Pop, choose to escape their grim life by immersing themselves in science fiction, Hollywood movies, and eccentricity respectively. Local residents include Mona Silverman, the overbearing boarding house owner and her long-suffering husband Max, an aspiring novelist, their spoiled daughter Marybeth spinster waitress Linda, who will apparently marry any maneven a Martian and nurse Cathy and her reluctant fianc, Mike, the local beat cop. Things get complicated with the arrival of Evelyne Alforde, a high-maintenance B-movie actress who has worn out her welcome in Hollywood and has come to join the radio cast of Mercury Theatres production of The War of the Worlds. While the neighbors engage in a bit of class and personal warfare of their own in an effort to escape the impending Martian onslaught, Evelyne nearly hijacks the radio broadcast in an effort to gain air-time. (Several excerpts from the original The War of the Worlds radio play were included with the knowledge and consent of the copyright holder, the estate of Howard W. Koch, who authored the original play.)
 
Synopsis
In 1938, "Martian Panic" swept across America. On the eve of Orson Welles’ radio broadcast, "The War of the Worlds," a Brooklyn neighborhood comes alive. The Bonacellis and their neighbors have all been avoiding something: the desertion of a father, a perpetually impending wedding, or the reality of their true situations. When the radio announces, to their horror, that Martians have landed in New Jersey, chaos ensues. Emotions run high, and class and personal warfare erupts, as the group awaits the impending invasion...only to discover the truth. In this touching comedy, a group of neighbors learn to accept their own realities and face their fears.
 

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