My second play, “Second Banana”, was a love letter to the job I dreamed of as a kid, the late-night talk show host. Written during a turbulent time for the career, this is a show set in the Carson-era, but clearly influenced by the Conan-era.
In its first incarnation,
“Second Banana” was commissioned by a local theatre company, Aside
Productions, for their annual “Evening of Original Plays”…for fifteen
dollars. Never-the-less, I was given the chance to watch someone
else interpret my words and collaborate with a company outside
of my high school, and my comfort zone. The original production
cast, which performed in Asbury Hall, The Woodlands TX consisted
Then, as I had done in the past - I edited. Unlike the “God Awful” edits in the past, these took effort. There was a certain quality that was missing for me, a certain edge that was lacking. As I revised, I submitted to competitions; got 3rd in the State at the Texas Thespians Festival, was reviewed by the New York Young Playwrights Festival, etc. Finally ready to stage the show myself, I approached my director and got the go-ahead. This time featuring a live band as the “Midnight Snackers” (Dani Depoy, Matt Brown and Matt Davis), “Second Banana” 2.0 was the most ambitious project thus far. The show featured a massive moving set, an ever-changing scrim and the 360 playing space that kept the audience’s heads spinning. Running just under an hour, the show was reviewed by local critic David Dow Bentley III, and was greeted with warm-approval and four sold out crowds. The revival production featured:
“Second Banana” remains a show closest to my heart, truly representing my senior year in high school at it’s finest. And to his credit, this play might have been the only good thing about Leno returning to 11:30.
-Vic, Aug. 18 2011
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