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By: Gary Ray StappAdd to Wish List
Script: $8.50
Notebook Script: $16.75
   (8.5 x 11 3-ring binder with large margins for notes)
First Performance Royalty: $75.00
Each Additional Performance: $75.00
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Types: Full Length Play, Community Theatre
Genre: Comedy
Themes: Family, Afterlife & Angels
Running Time: 120 minutes
Speaking Cast: 8 females, 4 males, 1 either, 13 total cast
Flexibility: gender flexible
ISBN: 978-1-61588-024-9
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Customer Comments:
By Ronald Siders - DirectorActor (Benard) - Riverby Theatre Guild
Our audiences loved this play. We would highly recommend it. Easily staged and very funny. Thanks.
By Don Johanneck - Drama Coach/Advisor - Red Lake Falls ISD #630
I would like to thank Mr. Stapp for creating plays like Love Thy Neighbor and Daddy's Girl. We have enjoyed not only the unprecedented audience response but also the enjoyment in producing his plays. Mr. Stapp's work has so much substance between the lines that we find new ideas to explore every day. I have often been criticized for not offering the classics such as Harvey or Arsenic and Old Lace, but after producing plays that require actors to create new characters instead of portraying what they have seen over and over again, our audiences are enthralled with what we do...Personally, I'll take Daddy's Girl over You Can't Take it With You any day of the week.
By Mary Johnson - Critic - The Baltimore Sun
Gary Ray Stapp, who wrote his first play in 2003, sets this story - staged by Bowie Community Theater - in an eatery called Maudie's Diner and fills it with masterful one-liners and amusingly quirky characters.

Daddy's Girl follows 25-year widower and diner proprietor Benard Muloovy as he tries to identify his long-lost daughter.

The play features 13 colorful characters who are distinct and varied enough to fill any television series. Bowie Community Theater director Joe Del Balzo has assembled a strong cast who prove adept at comedy. He also deserves credit for co-designing the authentic diner set with Cynthia Bentley.

By Elaine Dodge - Audience Member - Bowie Community Theatre
My husband and I just returned from a performance of Daddy's Girl in Bowie, MD and what a wonderful time we had! We attend quite a few plays in the Baltimore/Washington/Annapolis area both as ushers and patrons and we haven't enjoyed a play as much as yours in a long time. The writing is very clever and the laughs are many sprinkled throughout. The comedic timing is right on - not a dull moment.

We look forward to being able to attend performances of your other plays and hope that it won't be long before we get that opportunity. You really have a talent - hope you make it to Broadway! Thanks for a great evening of entertainment.

By Phil Senger - Patron - Letter to the Editor
The Excelsior Springs Community Theatre production of Gary Ray Stapp’s play, Daddy’s Girl, exceeds even the community theatre’s own standards of excellence. Anyone who pays attention will laugh more than any normal adult ought to laugh during a play.
By Shawn Reeves - Director - Anderson County Community Theatre
As much as we loved ‘Neighbor’, Daddy’s Girl is even better. Obviously it has all the same kind of sharp-witted humor, biting sarcasm, and slapstick as Love Thy Neighbor, but it also has a wonderful tenderness. In short, it tickles the funny bone while it touches the heart!
By Don M. King - Director - James A. Garfield Schools
I am the drama director at James A. Garfield Schools and our community has thoroughly enjoyed Gary Ray Stapp's plays. In fact, Daddy’s Girl and The Ups 'n Downs of Rollin’ Hills were the most well-attended and received out of ANY of the plays we've ever performed!

The things that make his plays so enjoyable for an audience are the fact that his characters are so creatively quirky and his plots both move and entertain. Many people leave laughing and even crying like at the ending of Daddy’s Girl, for instance. His plays are also very easy to stage and produce and his lines are very challenging yet fit so well together within the context of the play. Students have no trouble learning them and performing his zany characters. I would highly recommend his plays to any high school or community theatre group. If you put the time and effort into producing and directing his plays, I am certain your community, actors, and director will NOT be disappointed!

By R. Bernardi - Director - Southwest Christian
Daddy's Girl was such an enjoyable play to direct! Gary Ray Stapp does an excellent job of weaving a sense of importance into each role. A month after our production, people are still commenting on how much they enjoyed this well-written play. My only source of disappointment is that I cannot locate more plays by Stapp.

Dear R. Bernardi,
I have great news! Check out Gary Stapp's new play The Ups 'n Downs of Rollin' Hills...I think you're going to love it!
Editor Geri Albrecht, Heuer Publishing

By Ann Trzinski - Director and Actor - Grace Lutheran Church
Daddy's Girl was fabulous and certainly the best play that we've ever performed for our dinner theater productions. We received roars of laughter and eyes full of tears from our audience. There are too many wonderful commments to mention. But this is a play that is very well written and has an awesome story and hilarious characters. I would recommend it to any theater group. Great work!!!
By Stan Brozo - Producer - Marion Civic Theatre, Marion, Indiana
Producing Marion Civic Theatre's presentation of Daddy's Girl was as refreshing as it was rewarding. Its story, set in current time, touches a variety of demographics as it touches your funny bone, and your heart. It was a pleasure working with the MCT Board, the community, the local sponsors, the director, Julia Smith, the cast, and the stage crew, to share this show with audiences who thoroughly enjoyed the performances.
By Casey Wagner - Director - Cedar Creek Church
Daddy's Girl is extremely well written and easy to direct. It has wonderful and outrageous characters and offered something for everyone for our diverse audience, who I might add, roared from start to finish.
By Paula Van Blarcom - Director - Wallington High School
We just performed Daddy's Girl by playwright Gary Ray Stapp last weekend and it was a great success! Never before have I had so many people coming up to me commenting on what a great story the play was. Besides being very funny, everyone had tears in their eyes, which I think is a great complement to the playwright.
By Marlene Howser - Audience Member - Anderson Co. Community Theater
I was so into the play Daddy's Girl. It was one of the best plays that I have ever seen - it kept the whole family laughing. It was also a pleasure to meet the author, Gary Stapp . . . keep up the great work!
Meet Benard Muloovy, proprietor of Maudie’s Diner, the most no-nonsense cook you’ve ever met. Bernard gets served a full plate of comic chaos when his deceased wife decides to take up residence as a talking portrait on the diner wall. Enlisting the services of an angel, Michael, Maudie hopes to reunite Benard with their long lost daughter, Elizabeth. True to his mischievous nature, Michael delivers two Elizabeths, and Benard’s task is to decide which young woman is his real daughter. This play comes fully seasoned with characters like E.L. - a snobbish restaurant critic after Benard's secret recipe, Lizzy - a girl with a split personality, a forgetful waitress, a PhD student with communication problems, a yin-yang geriatric duo, a motorcycle mama, and of course Darlynn, the woman who has been trying to get Benard to the altar for years, because who doesn’t want a second helping of happiness? In this contest of laughter and tears, lines are drawn, sides are taken, and rules are broken as one young lady reveals a secret and ultimately claims her paternity, but not without a twist... or two. A single set, zany characters, and a heart of gold make this a great night out for the whole family!

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