Director's Nightmare


New Work
Writers: Wade Bradford


Show Information

Number of Acts
First Produced
Contemporary, Simple/No Set
Time & Place
A bare stage, Present day
Cast Size
Ideal for
High School, Middle School
Casting Notes
Mostly female cast
Includes young adult, adult, late teen characters


It’s five days before the premiere of the non-musical version of Les Misérables, and high school drama director, Chris, has actors who are still on script, cast members absent from rehearsal, a sick stage manager, an unbuilt set and only twelve dollars left in the budget. Oh, and the principal is bringing the superintendent on opening night to see if funding for the drama program for the district should be cut. It’s a director’s nightmare, but Chris tells the cast and crew about a pocket watch from her great-grandfather that is known to help turn everything around. As the rehearsal progresses, it seems as if even the watch can’t fix this mess. Dante keeps alternating between a French, British, and Southern accent; Gina decides to pretend to be a door; Lily begins to speak for the baby doll; and Ed, the set designer, brings on a volleyball net and tells Chris to think of it as the barricade. Will the nightmare ever end?

Lead Characters

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