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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Comments on the politics of the times


SUPER
Political Action 
Comedy:

"SUPER PAC"

A series of -ten+ minute plays 
by Thomas M. Kelly & Seamus O'Shea.
Comments on the politics of the times: in theatrical format.

Characters:  
WHAMor: Wobble Head Assemblage & Marketing Creator and Lord of the world of Political Wobble Heads®™, Barack ObamaPaul Ryan (where ever Mitt Romney & Paul Ryan wobble they wobble backward or side to side weaving and bobbing), Bill Clinton, Beebee Netanyahu, Bella Abzug, JFK, FDR, LBJ, HST, Sir Winston, Teddy Roosevelt, Sarah Palin, Hilary Clinton, Harry Reid, 
Joe Biden
Karl Rove, Anne Romney, Claire McCaskill, Clint Eastwood, Todd Akin. Gabriel Gomez, John Soltz, Rudy Giuliani, Stephanie Cutter, John Bolton, Reince Priebus, Jim DeMint, Bill Kristol, Donald Rumsfeld,  Dickie Cheeeney, John Huntsman,  Liz Cheeeney, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. (Any such as the establishment so chooses.)

Wobble Head Rules:
Wobble Heads have labels "Made in China" on their backside.
Wobble Heads do not walk, they wobble side to side, and turn in place by wobbling.
Only the head on all models of the Wobble Head moves.  The arms and legs are rigidly placed by their sides.
Mitt Romney
Wobble Heads are created by The Wobble Head Assemblage and Marketing, "WHAM" or "WHAMor" for short and staff of Wobble Head makers.
Set:
On a storage shelf labeled "Wobble Heads: Old and New" in the Wobble Head Warehouse Outlet.
No more than five actors on stage at one time.  All other Wobble Heads do not speak unless spoken to.

Paul Ryan
My plays are available for production. Without the permission of Thomas M. Kelly, in writing, no performance of his play(s) may be produced, performed or read, before an Audience, whether an admission fee is charged or not. A royalty fee must be paid, in advance, for every performance. Royalty fees, for amateur productions, are listed with each play. Professional productions must receive a Professional Royalty Quote from Thomas M. Kelly.  seamus.oshea@ymail.com  or  tddtheatre@aol.com  . 


Available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle edition 
ISBN-13: 978-1480055094 



ISBN-10:
1480055093 





or on my blog 

http://superpoliticalactioncomedy.blogspot.com/



Monday, December 10, 2012



Shorts & Shorters:  A collage of Monologues and Plays By Thomas M. Kelly
For an evening of entertainment.

Volume I 
Another Day In The Park
King of Soft
Alama Had a Baby
Be a Villain
The Man Had a Name
War is a Racket!
The Essence of Time
“Hello kids!”
The Purple Chair
The Red Notebook

Publisher: Thistle Dew Publishing
Available in paperback and Kindle edition on Amazon.

ASIN: B005LVPLKW


Shorts and Shorters:  A collage of Monologues and Plays By Thomas M. Kelly
For an evening of entertainment. 

Volume II 
Too Late to Waken
Garage Sale
I Heard That!

Publisher: Thistle Dew Publishing
Available in paperback and Kindle edition on Amazon.

ISBN-13: 978-1475054415






Extreme Unction
A play within a play by Thomas M. Kelly © 2006.

As part of the rehearsal process, the director, David/Danyha Khaliq, holds table talk sessions with a reading of the playwright’s notes, and partial readings of the play coupled with a bit of blocking to ‘flesh-out’ the characters and discover the strength of his actors. The actors switch roles through the table talk and four of the blocked readings. During this process he realizes more than he bargained for in the revelation of prejudice, avarice, discrimination, intolerance and bigotry: perfect for the requirements of the playwright, himself.  By the end of the play the group of disparate actors becomes a tightly knit, cohesive assemblage: an ensemble.







Available in paperback and Kindle edition on Amazon.
ASIN: B009JVZAX8

Fana!
Fanaticism today, is not a nice word

A play by Thomas M. Kelly  © 2003.

Six Palestinian murder/suicide bombers have targeted a Tel-Aviv Culture Center.  In the four-story complex each bomber is assigned a floor to detonate himself, with the exception of the theater, which has two assigned bombers. 
 They are to explode in rapid succession for maximum effect: to bring the building down on the hundreds of gallery visitors, planetarium viewers, and the theater audience.  The explosions take place as planned except for one.  In the lower level, ten meters below street level only one of the bombers exploded as planned.  The sixth bomber fails to explode.  The bomber is instead trapped beneath the rubble and bodies of the victims.  Another survivor, a guard, (a black Jew reservist, a member of the Israel Defense Force), who, as a civilian is a Tel-Aviv University professor (of the Diaspora: the flight of the Jews and the Palestinians), finds the surviving bomber (unknown to him as a bomber).  The guard’s father is Jewish.  His mother is Muslim.  A third survivor is a playwright from India.  She is Hindu.  The three survivors in the lower level, the theater, spend their waiting hours justifying their lives and religions: one very honestly, the other deceitfully.  In a mental duel the three argue the rationale of murder/suicide bombings using the Qur’an and the Torah as authority.  The guard reveals that he is a ‘refusnik’ (a member of the IDF who has refused to participate in the defense of Israel, arguing that he cannot in good conscience, humiliate, harass and violate the dignity of the Palestinians).  For his conscientious position he is jailed, then placed on guard duty at the Center. The story fades to an interview at the newly decorated and furnished home of the suicide bomber, where his mother has revealed to the public that she has condoned and encouraged her son’s martyrdom.  Videotape made by a clandestine television station based in Lebanon reveals the preparations of her son’s martyrdom.  (A public relations piece for the cause of Allah.)  Two diverse, but surprisingly similar, religions are placed in a situation that has an ending that foretells the outcome of the centuries of wars caused by men trying to prove that their god is the right god.  Did anyone ever ask god?  The story ends with the martyr revealing his identity, the final collapse of the building, causing the subsequent remaining explosion, and fade to the Independent News Corporation (a IBC type news organization) broadcast viewed in the home of the mother.

Available in paperback and Kindle edition on Amazon.
ISBN-13: 978-1480044364





“…smile,
and smile,
and be a villain.”*
A dramatic play by Thomas M. Kelly © 2008.

*William Shakespeare:  Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at I, v)

"My tables,--meet it as I set it down,
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain.
O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain!"

Phil, a journalist turned novelist, turned playwright, turned near-do-well wanna-be stand-up comedian, agrees to take a comedy gig in Atlanta, Georgia, which gives Luci, his wife, a chance to visit her high school friend, Sara, and her husband of four years, Jerry.  They have arrived by train from New York City and will return via the sleeper train Sunday.  Upon their arrival Phil realizes that Sara is a ‘goldmine’ of material for his act.  He antagonizes and engages Sara in what appears to be playful confrontations, but all the while he is stirring the pot to gather material: until the situation turns dangerous.  Luci, an attorney with a successful family law practice in N. Y., discovers that Sara is trying to convince her to advise her and to take her case involving her legal fight with her former husband over the custody of their two boys, Jonah (7) and Elijah (5).  However, with Sara’s undiagnosed borderline personality disorder, which includes obnoxious attitude of superiority, narcissism, histrionics, fear of abandonment, and threatened suicides, she continues to create heated confrontations with the people whom she loves and needs.  Sara will not admit that she has a mental problem.  She abuses her credit accounts.  She has a history of drug and alcohol abuse.  She moves from one job to another (usually fired) to avoid process servers.  Jerry immerses himself in his computer programming company, refusing to participate in decision-making regarding their marriage, their lifestyle, and the maintenance of their house.  Luci refuses to help Sara.  Sara, in an effort to call attention to herself and get her way, takes the children in a contrived attempt to move out of state.  The end result is that when she feels she has lost control of the situation, she terrorizes and beats the children, and uses her husband’s pistol to finally commit the oft-threatened suicide.  Using Sara as the source of his material, Phil has revealed that he is also a borderline personality, but of a different sort.

Available in paperback and Kindle edition on Amazon.
ISBN-13: 978-1480054998 

Ba-Bang! or the end of an error!
A political cartoon play in two acts by Thomas M. Kelly, © 2006.

A group of powerful and influential men and women were greeted by Lord Jacob Rothschild at Waddesdon Manor, the ancestral home of the Rothschild banking family to discuss economic and political issues: The ultimate networking venue.  Waddesdon Manor is a Renaissance-style chateau in the undulating hills of Buckinghamshire.  For the purposes of this play, a black box theatre will do.  Among those invited is billionaire Warren Buffet, and the soon to be governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Other notable guests included the President of the World Bank, James Wolfensohn, Chief Executive Officer of Nokia, Jorma Ollila, De Beers chairman Nicky Oppenheimer, Chief Executive Officer of the worlds largest food processing and distribution company, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the worlds largest research-based pharmaceutical company, Chief Executive Officers of major oil corporations, Chairman and Chief Executive Officers of major banking establishments and three unnamed guests, outside the meeting hall: “Jay”, “Que”, and “Dubya”.  The men, after the women are removed for disturbing the process, nominate one of the three unnamed guests to a very important position: the Presidency of the United States.  
They nominate ‘DUBYA’.  Bush.  DUBYA agrees on the condition that he make his presidential legacy by waging war against those countries throughout the world denying freedom and democracy to their citizens and that he be allowed to spread the word of God in those freedom deprived countrys with the exception that he leave certain countries alone (if they are ‘owned’ by his “moneyed buds”: He wants to be a ‘War President’.  They enthusiastically and supplicatingly agree.  At curtain, Scene Two, we find DUBYA trying to use his influence with GOD to help him with his legacy: his quest to spread freedom, liberty and Christianity throughout the world.  During his private prayer session he is visited by some of the worlds greatest thinkers, politicians, scientists, artists, etc.: CARL SAGAN, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, 

HARRY S. TRUMAN, CONFUSCIUS, JOHN F. KENNEDY, LEONARDO DE VINCI, MAHATMA GHANDI, ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER,
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, BARBARA JORDAN, GOLDA MIER  
and of course GOD.  [Unlike da Vinci’s “Last Supper”, which is contra to a Jewish Passover feast, I have included four women in the’surreal stage painting’: Eleanor Roosevelt (Mary Magdalene), Golda Mier (Sarah) and Barbara Jordan (Ruth).]  They were summoned by “GOD” to ‘fix’ DUBYA’s (Dubyaisms and all) leadership image.  A good politician must have a good image to sell his agenda and to buy his legacy for the world to remember.

Available in paperback and Kindle edition on Amazon.
ASIN: B009KLZD6Q

Mixville
A play in two acts by Thomas M. Kelly.  © 2009
 First of the "Mixville" series.
Thomas Edwin Mix (born Thomas Hezikiah Mix; January 6, 1880 – October 12, 1940) was an American film actor and the star of many early Western movies.  He made a reported 336 films between 1910 and 1935, all but nine of which were silent features.  He was Hollywood’s first Western megastar and is noted as having helped define the genre for all cowboy actors who followed.  Tom Mix was "the King of Cowboys" when the influence of his screen persona was seen in his approach to portraying cowboys.  He created the first “Mixville”.  Such was the influence on the life of JUBAL McCabe.  Are our old cowboy heroes really dead? Not according to Jubal "Tom Mix" McCabe.
Jubal McCabe is a happy-go-lucky, wanna-be cowboy movie star.  As a youngster he was a "little Tom Mix", cleaning out a nest of imaginary outlaws in the family backyard in typical Tom Mix fashion.  Those were the days of the popular dream: to grow up to be like Tom Mix.  His every word intonation and body movements are out of the old western movies of the early 20th century.  Jubal speaks in the dialect and jargon as seen in the onscreen ‘intertitles’ of the ‘silents’ and heard by characters in the ‘talkies’.  He has been building his own “Mixville” in his backyard in the southern California town of Victorville.
Aiyanna (Anna) Eskaminzim is Native American.  Her Jicarilla (hēkəˈrēə) Apache name, ‘Aiyanna’, means ‘eternal blossom’.  Eskaminzim means “big mouth”.  She has the patience of a saint and the psyche of a poet with a “big mouth”.
Darrell (Dare) Honeycutt is an itinerant house painter.  Oklahoma native, with an obvious ‘Okie’ dialect.
"Save yer pennies, kids. Yer in fer another adventure."

Available in paperback and Kindle edition on Amazon.
ASIN: B009L3SG26