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Story of the play:
Lois Lancaster is a big-city journalist writing a story about the current state of the modern mental health facilities. Her research takes her to a hospital populated with a unique group of superheroes. At first, Lois finds their elaborate superhero fantasies to be an entertaining diversion, the wild delusions of unstable minds, until something unusual happens that makes her wonder…
Cast of Characters:
LOIS LANCASTER: A young, attractive female reporter. She has a natural charm and likeability, which puts her interview subjects at ease. Her slightly cynical and jaded traits come with the territory for a seasoned big-city journalist, but she’s very good at hiding them.
SPEED FREAK: Real name: Charlie Raimi. He’s a patient who thinks he’s a superhero who can run at incrediable speeds. A sarcastic wise guy on the surface, but underneath, it’s all good-natured, playful banter.
DIM BULB: Real name: Alexander O’Neil. A childlike patient who thinks he’s a superhero with the ability to turn off lights with his brain. He is the happiest, most enthusiastic person on the face of the earth. Unforunately, he’s not exactly the brightest bulb in the box.
MENTAL: Real name: Susan Whedon. She thinks she’s a superheroine with the ability to read minds. Despite being prone to sudden outbursts of bizarre non-sequitors, she is good-hearted and likable, and very maternal towards her fellow inmates.
KEVIN BENDIS: A male patient who also think he has superpowers, but is much less quirky and flamboyant than the other inmates. Unlike them, Kevin doesn’t embarrass himself with a ridiculous code name of costume… at least, not at first. He is also more shy and reserved.
DR. GAIL EISNER: The kindly hospital administrator, a proffessional-looking woman in her 50s or 60s. She is just the type of rational, educated, steady influence needed to effectively run a madhouse like this one.