The Secret Life of Seagulls

The Secret Life of Seagulls $10.99

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Henry Meyerson

Published by Samuel French Inc

2 Male 2 Female

Anne and Don, married ten years, are on vacation in Florida

As the play begins, Anne is inanely chattering on about beaches, seagulls and garbage dumps

Don, fed up with Anne's incessant chatter, walks away leaving Anne, much to her surprise, sitting on the beach alone

Don has gone to visit his friend Jim, a man of little insight but great obsession about golf, to tell him that he has left Anne

Jim, in turn, has just returned from a golfing vacation to discover his wife, Sandy, has apparently left him

George, a seagull who lives a contented life with his wife, Ethel, on the Staten Island landfill, has just arrived on the Florida beach and meets Fred, a seagull without ties but with a dark past

The Secret Life Of Seagulls follows these four humans and Fred as they attempt to define themselves, their lives, relationships and values

But George - the Staten Island seagull - is quite content being who he is


ANNE - Wears attire suitable for the beach through-out the play: bathing-suit, sun-glasses, hat, sandals
Although she is at times wistful and introspectively sad, there is also a sense of youthfulness
DON - Married to Anne; wears beach attire opening and last scene, otherwise, casual. Tends toward the taciturn, but also can seem vulnerable. Close friends with Jim
JIM - Friends with Don; attire indicates he spends a lot of time on the golf course. Shows youthful enthusiasm when discussing golf with Don, otherwise angry and defensive with his wife
SANDY - Married to Jim, close friend of Anne. In beach attire when with Anne, casual attire when with Jim
As opposed to her friend Anne, Sandy tends to view the world through jaundiced eyes
FRED - A seagull; you can tell by his feathers or any other device to indicate "seagullness"
GEORGE - Another seagull, same age as Fred
ETHEL - George's wife (she's expecting)
FRED, JR. - Son of George and Ethel (named after Fred)
MABEL - A seagull looking for prospects

NB - All Seagull roles may be doubled by the four human actors

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