Break Down

BREAKDOWN
Wishful Thinking is in two acts and lasts approximately two hours.

 

Cast Requirements

PRINCIPALS
4 Women
1 Man

FEATURED
2-3 Women
2-3 Men

ENSEMBLE
Customers, Firefighter chief, radio station hosts (could be pre-recorded), additional backup singers, etc.

 

CHARACTERS

Tallie- An impuslive woman in her mid-20s who is at rock bottom. Sweet and kind-hearted, but with a dry sense of humor. She suffers from anxiety and depression.

Harper- Sour and sassy shop owner in her 40s. She does not like most people, but is fiercely loyal to the ones she does.

Evan- A freelance catastrophe adjuster in his mid-to-late 20s with a passion for traveling. Logical, clever, and always looking for adventure. He is Harper's nephew.

Mari- A bookstore owner in her 40s. Very warm and friendly, but strong and not afraid to be blunt or fire back when someone is sassing her.

Onina (the djinn)- An evil, silver-tongued manipulator who is good at getting what she wants. She has a fiery temper and is intimidating without having to try to be scary. She has a passion for starting fires. Big ones.

Depression Personified- One of Onina's curses. Follows Tallie around harassing her with sad thoughts. This person will also act as a back-up singer.

Anxiety Personified- One of Onina's curses. Follows Tallie around harassing her with anxious thoughts. This person will also act as a back-up singer.

Bigfoot- A large, hairy, bipedal humanoid creature. Has a penchant for destruction. This person will also act as a backup singer.

Witch Doctor- Dresses and acts like a professional medical doctor, until it's time to whip out some magic. Could be played by the same actor/actress as Depression, Anxiety, or Bigfoot.

Jeff- Talia's ex-husband who was lazy, did not treat her well, and had a gambling problem. He is not a total brute, and he fancies himself a good person, but his ugly side comes out a little too easily. Could be played by the same actor as Bigfoot.

 

Set Requirements

SPECIFIC LOCATIONS

Onina’s box
Tallie’s studio apartment
Rewind (Harper's shop)
Outside, near the base of Mt. Rainier

 

Minimum Production Requirements

MINIMUM CAST REQUIREMENTS

6 WOMEN

Tallie
Harper
Onina
Mari
Depression Personified/Kylie
Anxiety Personified/Witch Doctor

2 MEN
Evan
Jeff/Bigfoot/Milton/Reese/Lenny

*  MINIMUM SET REQUIREMENTS

Onina’s Box (bare stage)/Tallie’s Apartment (first scene only)
Rewind (Harper's Shop)
Outside, near the base of Mt. Rainier (last scene only)


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