Auditions are complete. Please be sure to attend Frontera Fest on February 2nd 2023!
A PEST CONTROL AFFAIR is a play based on a true story and originally written as a blog post in Hook vs Pest Control.
This 25-minute play will go live for Frontera Fest 2023 at Hyde Park Theatre in Austin. The play will run 1-3 times in February 2023 with tech rehearsal in late January:
- January 9th, Monday, 5:30-8pm: Open house at Hyde Park Theatre to test the stage
- January 29th, Sunday, 9:30pm is a tight 25-min tech rehearsal (MANDATORY per Hyde Park Theatre)
- February 2nd, Thursday is opening night
- February 4th, Saturday, if we win Best of Week
- February 16th-19th, if we move to Best of Fest or Wild Card Night
This is my third Frontera Fest production at Hyde Park Theatre. The first time, I was invited to be part of someone else’s production titled, “Love and Loss,” in which I perfected the It All Began with Wheat Gluten, Part II, aka “The Nature Walk” aka the first story that won me a Moth StorySLAM, Houston 2020, thank you very much! The second Frontera Fest production, The Mystery of the Plaid Shirts, was also based on a true story, Hook Plaid Shirt Story, and which played in January 2020 and coming oh so close to making it to Wild Card night. With MOPS, I wrote / produced / directed / starred in that narrative play and learned the importance of hiring a Director and Actors.
Synopsis: Shortly after marrying, an entomologist finds out his wife secretly ordered pest control for their home to combat the Texas tree roaches that keep showing up in their living room. This scientist’s disgust at such blatant insectile infidelity may prove too much for his purist’s perspective, until his wife gives him an ultimatum. Friends inadvertently solve their dilemma, while the husband makes one final demand of his wife.
Time Requirement: Weekly rehearsals from Dec 18th 2022 to Feb 1st 2023 except for 12/22 to 12/27.
Location of rehearsals: most will be in south Austin (IH-35/Oltorf area) and/or in central Austin.
Director, $200: Prefer someone who has directed/co-directed at least one play, preferably a dramedy. Open to graduate student directors.
Actor 1, $125: Wife, 30s-40s; newly married, recently moved into Husband’s home; she’s afraid of cockroaches. In all scenes.
Actor 2, $125: Husband, 30s-40s; biology professor and entomologist and discoverer of new species of insects. In all scenes but one.
Actor 3, $100: A Pest Control technician, male, mid 20s-mid 40s. In one full scene.
Actor 4, $100: Beverly, 40s-50s, wife of Jeff, and a local botanist and good friend of the Husband. One scene only.
Actor 5, $100: Jeff, tall male, 40s-50s, married to Beverly and also an entomologist; best friend of the Husband. One scene only.
A Pest Control Affair
A dramedy based on a true story
by Rosemary Guzman Hook
© 2022 Rosemary Guzman Hook dba Writings By Rosemary
TOTAL TIME: 25 minutes
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