Play by Play Act One.


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Tony Kornheiser of ESPN stands beside Corporal John Fitzgerald of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on the red carpet at the The Hill-Extra-Thomson Reuters Reception at the Embassy of Canada in Washington D.C. on April 29, 2016, the night before the White House Correspondents Dinner. Kornheiser is a former sportswriter and columnist for The Washington Post, as well as a radio and television talk show host. He co-hosts Pardon the Interruption on ESPN. (Photo by Jeff Malet)
     I have been working hard on reconstructing my first act 
of my current play, Play by Play.  I told you I would have an update for you.  The update is now upon us.  My problem with
the act was that it was taking too long to bring my second 
lead character into the script.  I had to cut and 
unfortunately that means I had to sacrifice bits I liked.  It was all for the good.  Now I have the staff meeting in first 
five pages of the play.  Now Marty is in the second scene of
act one on page 19. 
    By bringing Marty in earlier, I was able to play with 
Marty and bring about his naive nature.  Marty thinks he's 
therefor an interview, with the owner, who told him he would
like to meet with him.  Marty thought he was having an 
interview for the new Play by Play jobs for the Seadogs.  What didn't realize is he's already been hired  When he arrives,
the staff is about to watch a video of his most embarrassing
broadcast moment that was seen on the internet.  Let this be a lesson not to post embarrassing videos on YouTube.  
Management believed it was an air check Marty wanted radio 
stations to see, when in fact, Marty's whacky cousin Skeeter 
put it up there as a joke.  
     All in all I am happy with the way act one is going. 
The play is beginning to come together.  It's the broadcast
version of the "Odd Couple." The main characters are lively 
and active.  Chick McSorley is bitter that his Baseball careerwith the Red Sox ended due to injury.  He arrives at WPME whenhis former broadcast partner, the legendary Ned Plummer finds him in a bar, drinking his life away.  Ned saves his life and hires him as his broadcast analyst for the Portland Seadogs.  Chick is the type of character you love to hate, and hate to 
love.  Personally I love complex characters and this guy is 
complex, obnoxious.  He  will say anything to get a rise out 
of his loyal listeners, no matter the FCC fine or the 
suspension he receives from the Tinkle Broadcast network.  
Marty Busby is a young upstart, whose forte is Basketball 
because it fits his rhythm as a broadcaster.  He feels 
Baseball is too slow and holds him back.  At the end of act 
one, these two are put on the air together for a talk show 
called, The Chicken Coop.  Chick is not given a say on who is partner is and he's angry about that.  Chick decides to 
embarrass Marty by bringing up his YouTube video, which leads to an outburst by Marty.   
     I put the characters in the zaniest situations.  The 
Program Director holds the big meeting and loses control.  TheOwner announces he's hired a Consultant.  The Consultant 
treats the staff like children.  Chick's Producer, Renee 
dresses in black and is an inept mess.  The Receptionist, Abbyis Renee's fill in and when Renee messes up one final time, 
the Program Director makes her Chick and Marty's producer
full time.  
     Act Two is in the works. Marty falls in love with Abby, 
even though she's dating the Seadogs star Pitcher. The stationis under attack by outside influences, but outside influences
eventually save it.  Marty is put under broadcast pressure 
with hilarious consequences.  One scene involves Abby's 
boyfriend throwing a no hitter for the Seadogs.  Marty doesn'trealize that mentioning a no hitter is a broadcast no no.  
Marty jinxes it. 
     All in all the show is moving along quite nicely and I
have been working hard to finally finish this play.  I hope
when it's done, I have a play I can be proud of and in future
see it staged.   

 

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