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Girls' Weekend

Girls' Weekend
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Karen Schaeffer.
Publisher: Dramatic Publishing
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 105
Pub. Date: 2017
ISBN-10: 1619591359
ISBN-13: 9781619591356
Cast Size: 4 women, 4 men

About the Play:

Girls' Weekend is a full-length romantic comedy by Karen Schaeffer. In this lightning-quick farce, four women arrive at a north-woods cabin to drink some wine, share some laughs and discuss their book club's latest selection. But as the bottles tip up, secrets spill out and their boyfriends and husbands show up. When each woman hides a man on the premises and tells him to wait for the special porchlight signal, the girls' weekend turns into a madcap, door-slamming chaos.

Girls' Weekend takes audiences to Dot's North-woods cabin where four women tell everyone they're going on a trip for book club to consume copious amounts of wine, laugh at their lives, trade stories and chat about their club's latest book. However, after the third case of wine comes through the door, it becomes clear there will be more stewing than reviewing. Carol, who is monitoring her temperature for the best "window of opportunity" to get pregnant, gets a ride to the cabin from her husband, Rick, who is hoping the "time is right" for a quick tryst. She sends him home, frustrated, in a snowstorm, only to discover that her temperature shows she IS ready, and calls him to drive back and hide out in a shed until she can sneak him in with a special porchlight signal. Meg, recently widowed, is having a secret affair with Dot's son, only to find he has shown up at the cabin unexpectedly and wants to further their relationship in stealth. Meg sends him to hide in a boathouse until he sees her special porchlight signal and the coast is clear to rejoin her in the cabin. Ellie, the youngest and Meg's daughter, would rather not be a part of the weekend with her "elders" and meets a young townie, inviting him to hide out in a barn. When he sees her special porchlight signal, he climbs into her bedroom window and sneaks her out to a local bar after the other ladies retire. The only obstacle to each of the ladies' secret endeavours is Dot, who wants to stay up all night and party with the girls. So they make sure they ply her with plenty of party favours, and Dot proceeds to pass out. The ladies move Dot's lifeless body from floor to closet to room and the creative hide-and-seek, lies, and story-telling comes to a head when Dot wakes up and discovers her girls' weekend is full of men!

Girls' Weekend premiered in 2014 at the Des Moines Community Playhouse in Des Moines, Iowa, and received its East Coast premiere in 2017 at The Belmont Theatre in York, Pennsylvania. Since then it has been consistently delighting audiences, and has become a staple of community theatres.

Cast: 4 women, 4 men

What people say:

"Marvelous … successfully punchy … be prepared to laugh." — The Des Moines Register

"Farces don't come any funnier than this." — The Altoona Herald

"An absolutely refreshing, a bit irreverent, comedic romp! ... Be prepared to give your laugh muscles a marathon-like workout when you experience this show ... A rip-roaring great comedy." — KFMG-radio (Des Moines)

About the Playwright:

Karen Schaeffer is an administrative assistant at Iowa Public Television and is well known in the Des Moines area as an accomplished actress. Born in San Antonio, she developed her love for theatre during her formative years at Seguin High School and Southwest Texas State University. She worked onstage and backstage in community theatre and met her husband, Max, during an audition in Victoria, Texas. They moved to Des Moines, Iowa in 1986, where they have been involved in community theatre for years. Approaching her 50th birthday, she saw a scarcity of comic roles that she believed honestly represented mature women in contemporary society. That observation became her impetus for writing her first play, Girls' Weekend.