Comedy (Farce)/ 10 Characters, 6 Men, 4 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts
Synopsis: A ménage à trois of love, secrets, and drag, set in present-day Fresno, California, that begins shortly after newlyweds Kevin and Lillian cross the threshold into matrimony only to have their first night of wedded bliss degenerate into a nightmare of chaos and confusion. A female impersonator from the Las Vegas strip named Joey (a.k.a. Amber Star) arrives at their apartment with the intent of finding closure with the husband who jilted him the morning after their impromptu wedding in The Little Chapel on the Strip. News that “Kevin is a homosexual bigamist married to a drag queen” reaches the wedding party still at the reception, setting off a riotous chain of events. The happy couple’s in-laws, a sibling maid of honor, a drunken best man, and a dim-witted ex-fiancé all join the fray, culminating in a surprise ending where one pairing crumbles and others unexpectedly form.
“Postnuptials is a decidedly wicked screwball comedy, witty, well-written, with many surprising twists to a well-paced story concerning The Eternal Triangle — Boy gets girl; boy loses girl; boy gets wrestled to the ground by a female impersonator (no fooling) . . . . Secrets are revealed, relationships are formed as others crumble, and the true meaning of unconditional love is discovered.” — Michael Ellis, SHOWCASE
“A chaotically funny play, both vigorous and spirited . . . . An exhilarating night of theatre.” — Bronwyn Fullerton, Sydney Arts Guide
“The show is first and foremost a comedy, but it’s also not afraid to shoot past pure entertainment value for a little something more.” — Angela Bennetts, Alt Media
“Postnuptials is entertaining, enjoyable, and actually rather irresistible.” — Polly Warfield, Drama-Logue
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Indian Hills, NV
About the Playwright: Award-winning writer David Earle was born and raised in Anaheim, California, and lived 15 years in the Los Angeles area where he worked at various entertainment industry companies — Taft/Barish Productions, New World Pictures, Rogers & Cowan, Hollywood Records, and at Walt Disney in Creative Development at Disney Imagineering. In addition to Postnuptials, his plays include After the Wedding, They’re Having a Deadly Good Time, and a one-act drama, A Road to Nowhere.
His screenplay adaptations of both Postnuptials and A Road to Nowhere (unproduced) have been nominated for or won several awards at film festivals internationally, as has his adaptation of his sci-fi novel Life Is But A Dream (available on Amazon). In total, his screenplays have earned 63 awards and nominations at film festivals and screenplay competitions worldwide.
The Inclusion and Equity department of the Writers Guild of America West chose Life Is But A Dream for a full cast industry reading at the WGAW building due to the ethnic diversity of its characters. His (unproduced) five-episode true story limited series, Pelée, has also won multiple awards internationally. His most recently completed screenplay is another true story drama, Searching for Michael. In addition, he has written a novelette, The Remarkable Travels of Billy Sparks, and short story, The Calla Lilies (both on Amazon). David Earle is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America and Writers Guild of America West.
Postnuptials was first produced at Tamarind Theatre, Hollywood, Calif., in May, 1995. It had its international premiere at the Parade Theatre, National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Sydney, Australia, in February, 2013, as part of the annual Sydney LGBTQ Mardi Gras.
“A well-written and very funny play that has some real laugh-out loud lines, situations and performances . . . . Earle makes some important statements about trust, families, friends and unconditional love.” — Dave DePino, West Hollywood Weekly