by Alan David Perkins
Copyright © 1990
Dr. Marvin Phillips, PhD, geneticist and world renowned scientist, awakens
to find himself stranded on a tiny island in the middle of the ocean. Around
him are a steamer trunk, a palm tree and a lounge chair. Little does he know
that he has company: a duck. Dexter, the duck, was the result of Dr.
Phillips' experiments that went wrong and now is his only hope for rescue.
DR. MARVIN PHILLIPS - Male, late 30's, early 40's, maybe older.
DEXTER - A duck.
25 - 30 minutes.
The set is a small island about ten feet in diameter with a palm tree
(optional), steamer trunk and lounge chair with umbrella. Suggested props
include a few cocoanuts, a squirt gun, a rubber fish or two, a napkin and a
Minimal costume should be used for Dexter. A beak and swim fins should do
I got the inspiration for this play from a "Far Side" cartoon.
There was a tiny island with a scientist and a duck facing each other and
the duck saying something like "Ah ha, Dr. Something, my nemesis. We
meet again and this time the advantage is mine!" I hope I don't get
sued by the Larson estate. I think I've changed enough of the text...
This little play has seen a rather full life. It was first produced by
Developmental Stages, then went on to Music Theatre North for an acting
class. From there Theatre on a Limb mounted it and then WBAI did a radio
version of it as part of their show "Shelf Life." The Theatre on a
Limb production deserves particular note because it starred the Auslander
brothers; Jordan and Adam. Adam, a professional clown, played Dexter. He
could do some amazing moves in flippers.
CONTACTING THE PLAYWRIGHT:
The entire script of
The Advantage is available upon request from the
playwright. No production of
this play can take place without permission from the playwright.