Tabloid – Opening Song
Ratings R Us
There Goes the Neighborrhood
Rhoda Haynes, famous playwright has a grudge against Frenchy King and his lying King Media Empire. Rhoda and her family are suing King Media over fake stories written about them.
The story revolves around the victims of tabloid stories that were featured in the March issue of King Media. Rhoda as narrator weaves the separate tales and how they converge at the finale.
Rhoda Haynes, a playwright, Blaze Haynes, Rhoda’s daughter, a famous singer and Hubert Haynes, a Congressman. Donny O’Connelly, a social worker and his girl Laura Fitzpatrick, are the other injured party.
Francis P. King II (Frenchy King) – Flamboyant media tycoon. 50’s.
Sheila Acer – Frenchy’s girlfriend/newscaster/reporter. Late 30’s.
Donny O’Connelly – Clean cut, short hair, twinkle in eye. Early 30’s.
Laura Fitzpatrick – Hyper and on the phone often. Early 30’s.
Rhoda Haynes – A famous playwright. 50’s.
Blaze Haynes – Daughter of Rhoda Haynes. 30’s.
Hubert Haynes – Husband of Rhoda Haynes. 50’s.
Mr. Perry – Owner of Perry’s Poorhouse. He is like the King of the
Underworld. Age unknown.
Trench Coat Bob – Works for Frenchy King. He is his nephew. 40’s.
Ensemble Cast Parts
Homeless Residents – ages 17-40
Lawyer – Attractive woman in a suit.
Kids – Teens
Perry’s Inmates – A collection of people.
Ball and Chain
You Did Me Wrong
Tabloid Finale – piano
RECOMMENDED ON NEW PLAY EXCHANGE
- Rachel Feeny-Williams: 14 Jun. 2021“ This piece gives wonderful imagery in its dialogue. This coupled with the beautiful character creation with complex lives and relationships makes this a great play to begin with. However, I then listened to two of the songs (‘Tabloid’ & ‘Hope and Pirde’) and WOW! Beautiful piece and as catchy as any musical tune I’ve listened to (and I’m a huge musicals fan!) I would love to see this in the West End as I feel its on par with any of the big shows out there, brilliantly done! ”
- Kerr Lockhart: 5 Jul. 2021. “ TABLOID by Marta Jorgensen is a mad, extravagant CANDIDE- in- reverse carnival, where all is for the worse, and the dark denizens of the world struggle mightily to make it so. Maybe there is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so, but framing can make everything bad, only in a bold, lusty, entertaining way. If you find THE SIMPSONS too subtle, JERRY SPRINGER too polite, and the SUN too fancy and elegant, you will be right at home in the world of TABLOID. ”