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Pippy Doodle's ice cream party

(immediately following the seagull)

Elijah O'Donnell © 2019


Tonight's show begins with an abstract (read: a woman and puppets) interpretation of The Seagull directed by Elvira, followed by a new play: Pippy Doodle's Ice Cream Party. As Elvira's play fails and the cast and crew prepare to put on the rest of the doubleheader, arguments and dynamics unfold parallel to The Seagull itself (which the characters acknowledge as being too similar to previous deconstructions of the play). As characters from The Seagull appear and try to alter the course of the play, Elvira recognizes that the final act will never change.




Boris / Gary




Young Man

Old Man


Young Woman

(F, 20s)

(F, 40s)

(M, 40s)

(F, 20s)

(F, 20s)

(M, 20s)

(M, 20s)

(M, old)

(F, 40s)

(F, 19)

(6F, 4M)

Alterations to age or gender are not only permitted but celebrated.


  • The Hopwood Award in Drama.

  • The Dennis McIntyre Prize in Undergraduate Playwriting.

“I found myself getting lost in the theatricality of this play, the blurring of lines between the audience and stage, and the metatheatrical narrative throughout. I think what I loved most though was the sense of play in the story and staging. The script, adventurous in nature, feels like an invitation to both the director and audience for discovery and we are left with an ending that is not final or neat, an ending that continues to pose even more questions.”

— Virginia Grise, playwright of blu and Your Healing is Killing Me

“The play is truly a whirlwind, which is exactly what a play should be.”

— Thomas Bradshaw, playwright of The Bereaved, Burning, and Mary

If you wish to produce this play with the following...

  1. A minimum half non-male cast

  2. A minimum half cast of color

  3. A seating occupancy of 50 or less

... please inquire about having your rights' fees waived by the playwright.

(this play has not had a world premiere)

Michelle Tsang © 2019

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