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Photos from a show that never was

Glasstown Players in Wallaceburg, Ontario was supposed to produce my one-act THE RULES ARE THE RULES ARE THE RULES in June 2017. The group rehearsed the show, but then the show was postponed indefinitely, for reasons I’ve yet to learn. However, the players did send me these rehearsal photos.

An airplane passenger appears to be dead, and flight attendants try to figure out what to do with the body.

You can find more awesome photos here.

This would have been the second production of the script. Instead, Pop Culture Theatre in Melbourne, Australia got that honor. Maybe this will be the third.

A farce set on an airplane. A male passenger has apparently died, and the flight attendants carry him up to first class, telling other passengers he’s simply drunk. The chief flight attendant, though, insists they go by the book and perform CPR and mouth-to-mouth on the hapless victim until the plane lands. The other flight attendants devise ways to skirt those rules, with increasing hilarity. That hilarity hits its peak when it turns out the man isn’t dead, after all. Cast: Five — four female, one male. Running time: Thirty minutes.
* Produced by the Castle Players, Lytchett Matravers Village Hall, near Poole, England. Feb. 18-29, 2011.
* Produced by Pop Culture Theatre, Melbourne, Australia, July-September, 2017.

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Video: “The Rules Are The Rules Are The Rules” in England

The Castle Players in Poole, England produced my one-act comedy “The Rules Are The Rules Are The Rules” in February 2011.

Previously, I just had still photos from the show available.

Now, there’s video!

(More accurately, I just figured out how to post a video of this length, although I see it came in two parts.)

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“The Rules Are The Rules Are The Rules” in England

The passenger remains out of it for almost all of the show. Flight attendants struggle to move him to first class.

I once met a flight attendant who told me about some of the more unusual airline rules. One of them is that if a passenger dies en route, the flight attendants are required to keep trying to revive the victim until the plane lands — even if it’s clear the passenger is dead. The reason is to avoid liability and be able to say “we did all we could.”

That led to my one-act comedy “The Rules Are The Rules Are The Rules,” in which a passenger appears to die during a trans-oceanic flight. Key word: Appears. He’s really just passed out, much to the surprise of the flight attendants involved.

The Castle Players near Poole, England produced this in February 2011. They also sent me a video, and it was quite a hoot. These photos give an idea of the hilarity: Read the rest of this entry »

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