Miss n’ Me

Written by:

Catherine Banks

Cast Size:
20

Roles For:

  • Men: 8
  • Women: 7

Genre:

Absurdism
Comedy

Themes:

Music
Surrealism

Length:

85 min.

Year Written:

2013

Synopsis:

“Three days before her 25th wedding anniversary celebration at the fire hall, Dawna, a hairdresser from a small Nova Scotia town, steals her husband’s plumbing van and heads for New York City to lie her way into meeting the American rapper Missy Elliot. Dawna is obsessed with the rapper’s ‘out there’ lyrics and is determined to deliver her creation, the Liberty M. E., stylin’ hair design to her idol.

Although her 17-year-old skateboarder son, Justin, has refused to come out of his room for 77 days, he thinks her trip to NYC is a great idea. But Dawna’s husband, Bob, wants his plumbing van home NOW! It turns out that the universe and a host of wacky hitch-hiking characters (Dawna’s dead Clown parents, a Mermaid, and Miss Excess Baggage, to name a few) have another plan for Dawna as they draw her deeper into her journey. When Dawna and Missy meet it doesn’t go anything like Dawna’s plan but exactly like it needs to go for Dawna and Audrey.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

Script identifies 20 characters and suggests they be played by 2M and 2F actors.

Resources:

Miss n’ Me is available as stage-ready script from the CPO Website.

For more information about the playwright and her work, visit the CWPO collection.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Notes:

Shortlisted for the 2013 Stage West Pechet Family Comedy Award

Featured Play Category:

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Selection Notes:

In Miss 'n Me, the imaginative and brilliant playwright Catherine Banks lets out her playful side in this road trip narrative about a Nova Scotian mom, Dawna. That Dawna's crisis is realized in and through Miss Elliot's music lends the whole play a wacky and absurd flair filled out by a cast of surreal, clownish visions that Dawna meets en route to meet her idol. But as with Banks' other work, there is impressive depth here as well, as Dawna's experiences reveal the emotional truths of her life and relationships with her family. The play is relatable, inventive, and deserving of further productions. -Barry