The Importance of Eating Earnest

by Ben Plopper

The struggles of being British, rich, and self-absorbed can be rather difficult to manage. Do you serve pâté or caviar? Which high-end brandy should be always on-hand and in which crystal decanter? What to do when the regular hired help doesn’t show up for your fabulous dinner party, and how to handle the replacement houseboy who really doesn’t look that well and has a predilection for human brains? A zombie would normally be quite the bother, but there are so many more pressing concerns, like how to your infidelity from your possibly also cheating spouse? Is it possible to be so self-absorbed that you don’t even realize that there’s a zombie among you, and who will be eaten first?

  • Cast Size: 4M 3F
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

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About the Playwright

Once upon a time, Ben was “the zombie guy.” He tried to watch every zombie movie ever made — the good, the bad, the ugly, and the ones involving zombie strippers. One day, he asked himself the question, “What if I took a fairly typical parlor room farce, replaced one of the characters with a zombie, and made sure everyone else was too vapid and narcissistic to even notice. And what if the zombie wasn’t particularly good at zombieing (zombies are very literal and have problems with figures of speech)? I bet that would be pretty funny.” So Ben wrote it and found himself spiraling into the world of the playwright. He has had quite a few short plays produced, “The Importance of Eating Earnest” has been staged twice (so far), and he recently saw “A Magical Evening of Magical Theater Magic: Selected Works of Ben Plopper” produced by Company OnStage in Houston, TX. He currently lives in Fort Worth, TX, with a wife, a teenager, two dogs, and two cats.

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