2 Guys on a Wall

Written by:

Lisa Coleman-Brown

Artist/Creator(s) Identify As:

D/deaf, Disabled, and/or Mad

Cast Size:
11

Roles For:

  • LGBTQ+: 9
  • Men: 9
  • People of Colour: 3
  • Women: 3

Genre:

Comedy
Historical

Themes:

Canadian History
Chorus
LGBTQ+
Sexuality
Work

Length:

14 min.

Year Written:

2013

Synopsis:

2 Guys on a Wall is a one act, surreal, and psychedelic comedy set on scaffolding 1,200 feet high in the air atop the iconic “largest chimney in Canada”, INCO’s Sudbury SuperStack, on August 20, 1970.

The 2 Guys, macho bricklaying miners, are killing time singing, and philosophizing about the Canadian Identity, and what makes hippie-chicks tick. While the voice of their boss hollers up at them, they are taunted and egged on by a Greek Chorus of 3-5 1970s gay sexual fantasy figure beefcake Guys in the Back. A tornado hits and the wind blows 3 scantily clad, 1970s heterosexual fantasy figure, highway flag girls up onto the scaffolding to the astonishment of the 2 Guys (one of whom comes out of the “closet” as a gust of wind blows him and the 3-5 Guys in the Back away). The 3 girls, Long Tall Sally, Afro Girl, and “Bikini in the Surf Chick” can be played by Drag Queens.

Characters:

JACK: bricklaying miner: wears a tool belt, hard-hat, jeans and white t-shirt, 1970s fulsome moustache with long sideburns and hair – gay “in the closet”, he has a red bandana tucked in his back pocket.

ALEX: bricklaying miner: wears a tool belt, hard-hat, jeans and plaid cut-off sleeveless shirt, 1970s sideburns, is clean shaven with long, surfer style, laid back hair – heterosexual.

VOICE (Off-Stage): production boss with booming no-nonsense tone of authority.

GREEK CHORUS:

1ST GUY IN THE BACK: gay 1970s sexual fantasy figure: wears a hard hat and garage grease monkey shirtless overalls, carries a wrench. Working class beefcake type.

2ND GUY IN THE BACK: gay 1970s sexual fantasy figure: wears a hard hat and biker leathers, “Wild Bunch” bad-boy outlaw beefcake type.

3RD GUY IN THE BACK: gay 1970s sexual fantasy figure: wears a hard hat and speedo bathing suit. Lifeguard, Olympic diver or body builder beefcake type.

(Optional: 4th GUY IN THE BACK: gay 1970s sexual fantasy figure beefcake type

5th GUY IN THE BACK: gay 1970s sexual fantasy figure beefcake type)

(Optional: following 3 female characters can be played by Drag Queens)

LONG TALL SALLY: Tall, Indigenous-Canadian Hippie-Chick, 1970s sexual fantasy figure: long straight hair with headband, blue tinted granny glasses, wearing suede hot pants, thigh high leather boots, filmy braless peasant blouse and a macramé cape. Earthy Summer of Love sensuality.

“BIKINI IN THE SURF CHICK”: French-Canadian Hippie-Chick, 1970s sexual fantasy figure: long hair, false eyelashes and groovy blue eye make-up with frosted lipstick, wearing white go-go boots and a skimpy fur bikini. Exudes frank, open sexuality.

AFRO GIRL: Black Hippie-Chick, 1970s sexual fantasy figure: sporting a magnificent afro, wears hot pants, braless tie-dye halter top, flip flops, bangles and hoop earrings. Sexy voice and foxy attitude.

First Produced:

Public Reading, Feb. 25, 2013, at the Sudbury Theatre Centre.

Resources:

2 Guys on a Wall is available through the Canadian Play Outlet.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Notes:

Coarse Language, 3 Females can be played by Drag Queens, 3-5 Greek Chorus can be played by IBPOC.