Second Banana
     (2010 - Aside Productions; The Woodlands, TX
      2011 - The Woodlands High School, TX)

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 of:

Performed: July 1, 2, and 3 2010

Roger Wink ……………………………………Noel Yuri-Bermudez
Frank Suggs …………………………………A.J. Rogers
Papa Delgado ………………………………Keith Hale
Marline L’Chiam ………………………Camille Shotts
Jenny Van Der Scott ……………Emily Quartaro
Jay Tomashefski ………………………Collin Sims
Rachel Diarrhea ………………………Makael Dennison

Directed by Cecily Breaux

Here’s a few choice pictures. Told you it was funny:


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:

 

Performed: February 10, 11, and 12, 2011

Roger Wink ……………………………………Joe Dougherty
Frank Suggs …………………………………Jonah Yohana
Papa Delgado ………………………………Casey Hale
Marline L’Chiam ………………………Katlin Newman
Jenny Van Der Scott ……………Rachel Schardt
Jay Tomashefski ………………………Luc Armstrong
Rachel Diarrhea ………………………Holly Rogers

     Directed by Vic Shuttee

Photos of that show:


The show also presented an understudy cast, which to their credit, made the show completely their own:

Roger Wink ……………………………………Joe Dougherty
Frank Suggs …………………………………Andrew Hollinger
Papa Delgado ………………………………Justin Deffner
Marline L’Chiam ………………………Cecily Breaux
Jenny Van Der Scott ……………Gwen Jones
Jay Tomashefski ………………………Andy Novak
Rachel Diarrhea ………………………Eleanor Landsbaum

Here’s a picture or two:

“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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