by Dane Futrell
Two best friends, Lucie and Kenny, are stranded in a Northern Texas wasteland after running out of gas on their way to Colorado. While aimlessly arguing about who’s at fault for their untimely hardships, their surroundings in Cactus, Texas manifest into something cultish and surreal. They meet an old drifter named Eli who speaks of Micronesia, surfing with turtles, and the tasks of the damned. Alongside his mysterious team members, Chad and Stranger, Eli uses his ridiculous antics to draw a line between the two best friends as their situation unravels into an unsettling navigation of life and death.
- Cast Size: 3M 2W
- Running Time: About an Hour
- Royalty Rate: $40 per performance
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About the Playwright
Dane Futrell (he/him) is a twenty-four-year-old absurdist playwright from Sanford, Florida. He has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Florida Gulf Coast University. He now attends Arizona State University’s Dramatic Writing MFA program where he writes, workshops, and develops new theatre relentlessly. He’s worked with theatre companies around Florida and Arizona as a playwright, actor, and stage manager. As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and the Dramatists Guild, he hopes to innovate the world of theatre by embracing the social progress of plays before and adding in an existential and absurdist twist.
I had the pleasure of producing this show in its early stages and the audience had the same thoughts as I did: “I WANT MORE!” Dane’s ability to make an absurd world with absurd characters feel somehow relatable is truly unmatched by any author I’ve read to date. Cactus, Texas is a perfect show for actors to test their abilities and broaden their horizons. Absolutely beautiful work!
This piece was so much fun to watch and immerse myself into. Surreal and hilarious and creepy!