BAD MEDICINE (Or Good to the Last Drop)

by Kris Gauger Thompson

In the sleepy little cattle town of Bagwell, Colorado, childhood sweethearts Sheriff Gene Ranger and Nurse Becky Trueheart are on the fast-track for marriage when evil darkens their doorstep. Beautiful con artist, Sally West, is found unconscious and feigns amnesia. Her secret ally, snake oil salesman and self-proclaimed healer, Bodkin Shamley, appears. He discredits the town doctor and surreptitiously takes over with the goal of wooing Becky for her inherited cattle land. The villainous pair secretly introduce a concoction of love potion, and all the wrong people start falling head-over-heals for each other. There is only one hope for Gene, Becky, and all of Bagwell…true love.

  • Cast Size: 5M, 3W, 2 Any Gender
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

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About the Playwright

Kris Thompson joined the playwriting community in 2014 but admits to a life-long love affair with writing. Some of her produced plays include Bad Medicine, The Man in the Locket, Figment with a Capital F, Kitchen Conversations, Journey to the Center of The Psycho Sexual Beast, Birth of a Hero, You Can Dance if you Want to, The Magnificent Olympic Games, Trick or Treat…Seriously, After the Day I’ve Had, Death Would be a Blessing, Fucking Bruce Banner, Carl and the Big Bad P, The Morning After, Rocktavia, True Spit, The Lays of Our Lives, Two Men and a Hole, Karma’s a Bitch But So Are You, and The Grand Experiment. Kris has enjoyed full length, one act, radio drama, and monologue production by theatre groups across the country and occasionally beyond. Some of her awards include winner of the 2014 and 2017 Theatre Suburbia National Scriptwriting contests and winner of Cone Man Running Production’s Smattering XII’s Best Script. Kris, a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the National New Play Network, resides in Georgetown, TX where she and her husband are perpetually restoring their 1920’s historic bungalow. Read her work at

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