Boomerang

Written by:

Michelle T Clemens

Cast Size:
7

Roles For:

  • Indigenous Peoples: 7
  • LGBTQ+: 2
  • Men: 3
  • People of Colour: 7
  • People with Disabilities: 1
  • Women: 4

Genre:

Comedy

Themes:

Evolution
Family
Trust

Length:

77 min.

Year Written:

2022

Synopsis:

A multigenerational family, where a quick witted and industrious mother’s strength and good humor holds everyone together – even her ex-partner’s dog.

Women of the eighties were told they could have it all: university, career, marriage, and children. They worked so hard and got it! Time for rest and fun. No, because they came back. It won’t be for long, a couple of weeks, months, or (gulp) years.

How do they act in this new family structure? LUKE (22) reverts to adolescence. Daughter DIANNA (29) wants out of a bad relationship and into the calm. She and her son EVAN (9) come to Mom’s place because, after the divorce, Jim (60), works two weeks on and two weeks off at “the camps” and his new place is their old cabin. Gran (80+) has a quick fix for everything. Anxiety attack? Wash the walls. A food allergy? Eat Dirt. An adulterous husband? Stab him in his sleep. This family is completed by D-O-G, the dog Jim drops off to Kate’s house, even though it was the straw that broke the back of their marriage. Is this family? Yes.

All four generations all come crashing into Kate’s door, when Dianna comes home to “help” Kate through a surgery. Jim is duped by a drug running scheme. Gran is picked up by the cops. Dianna and Luke step up to be the adults and attempt to fix it all while they endeavor to keep mom in the dark. Constable Hunter is going to get to the bottom of this, even if they all get sent to jail.

Characters:

Note: Race of the actors is also open. The relationships of the family members could be families the world over. Gender identity changes can be made for the following characters with relative ease: Evan/Eve, Luke/Lisa, Constable Hunter. Luke/Lisa is attracted to Constable Hunter but this attraction can be non-binary. First and foremost – have fun!

Kate: (55-60) Mother of two adult children and part time care taker to her elderly parent “Gran” She is a nurse at the local hospital and a straight shooter. She feel betrayed by her eldest daughter and is frustrated by the choices of her children. She loves them, but is longing for them to grow up and move out.

Dianna: (28-30) Daughter to Kate and mother to Even/Eve. She is returning home after a failed relationship and a broken career. She needs to find her feet in her renewed relationships with her family. She slides into an unexpected grown up role when the police come barging in the door.

Evan/Eve (9-11) Child of Dianna. They are mature for their age and independent.

Jim: (60 – 65) Ex-husband of Kate, who often forgets they are divorced. He is a sweet, gullible sort who pushes his luck in an oblivious manner.

Luke/Lisa (20-24) Sibling of Dianna. Still at home and happy to keep things the same. Awkward with relationships and is smitten with Constable Hunter

Gran (80 plus): Is is voice only role. Tough old bird. Former member of the IRA and she brings those experiences to the table in an unexpected and hilarious way.

Constable Hunter (20-30) Smart, attractive and determined police officer. They know something is a foot with this nutty family and is determined to figure what what they are up to.

First Produced:

Produced at the Barbara Barrett Theatre in St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador by PrinciPALS Productions - Community Theatre

Resources:

The play can be accessed by emailing the playwright at michelletclemens@outlook.com

Notes:

Note: Gender identity changes can be made for the following characters with relative ease: Evan/Eve, Luke/Lisa, Constable Hunter. Luke/Lisa is attracted to Constable Hunter but this attraction can be non-binary. Race of the actors is also open. The first production was held in December and tweaks were made to fit the season. Have fun!

Dianna’s last relationship with her artist partner was precarious due to drug use. Her father is suspected of running drugs by means of the toy puffins. The play has some heavy moments but the tone moves to a fast paced comedy as the two adult children try to save their father from his own naivety. There is a dog in the script.