Character Assassination: A Writer’s Guide to Killing Your Literary Darlings

Written by:

Alexandra Lean

Cast Size:
8

Roles For:

  • Indigenous Peoples: 8
  • LGBTQ+: 8
  • Men: 2
  • People of Colour: 8
  • People with Disabilities: 8
  • Women: 6

Genre:

Dark Comedy
Musical/Opera

Themes:

Failure
Hope

Length:

30 min.

Year Written:

2017

Synopsis:

Alice is a writer who has seen no success whatsoever despite writing every day for years. She has had enough and drives to the desert to kill the characters that she loves but that also haunt her.

Characters:

Alice is a down on her luck writer who has lost all hope that the characters she has spent years creating will ever see the light of day and so she is determined to kill them.
Alice’s husband – he calls every so often to check on her.

Fame – this is the god or goddess of fame.

2 Thought Pixies – this is a pixy who flies around whispering ideas into people’s ears but only the lucky can actually hear them.

2 Mimes – there is a super artsy scene that they enact which is Alice reminscing about her pretentious theatre roots.

A witch – self -explanatory.

First Produced:

2017 - Staged Reading at the John Candy Box Theatre at the Second City Training Center

Resources:

The play can be accessed by emailing the playwright at alexandraleanalex@yahoo.ca