THUNDERBOLTS AND DUNDERHEADS by Todd McGinnis

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“Clever!” “Fun!” “Great Performances!”
“The jokes are fast and furious!” “Another great ensemble piece!”
-The Brampton Guardian

2 Acts – Cast: 3 Female / 4 Male

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 1 hr. 45 minutes

Think you’re having a rough day at work? Well at least YOUR boss only THINKS he’s a god! DON’T MISS the ULTIMATE Bad-Day-At-The-Office comedy…

IRIS, the Goddess-Of-Rainbows goes to “head office” on Mount Olympus looking for a promotion. INSTEAD… She’s threatened with being “down-sized”—permanently!
Her only hope of survival is to take on the one job no one else wants, Personal Assistant to the most dangerous employer of all time—Zeus himself! NOW… ZEUS wants Iris to help him make a “love connection” with a visiting Nordic Goddess. BUT… ZEUS’S WIFE, the Queen of the Gods, has ordered Iris to ruin Zeus’s fun… OR ELSE! So what’s a poor goddess to do?

Find out with this Myth-sterically funny, Award-Winning farce breathes hilarious new life into the Ancient Myths.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS:

IRIS: Female/ Any age… Bright, cheerful, optimistic and ambitious, the Goddess of Rainbows.

HERMES: Male/ Any age… Sarcastic, condescending, ill-tempered. The Messenger of the Gods, is getting a little tired of being Zeus’ errand-boy.

ZEUS: Male/ Any age… Deep-voiced, volatile, and governed entirely by his passion-of-the-moment, the over-worked King of the Gods, though somewhat “vertically-challenged” is every bit as dangerous as his reputation suggests.

HERA: Female/ Any age… Powerful, aristocratic, dangerously jealous and quick-tempered, the Queen of the Gods is a volatile mixture of frustrated longing and “smite-first-ask-questions-later” tendencies.

ERRONYUS MISCELLANEOUS: Male/ Any age Somewhat lacking in focus, and a little too far ahead of his time, the Temporarily Acting God of Desire is a little strange, even for a god.

VALKYRIE: Female/ Any Age Odin’s Official Emissary from the “Mythos-Next-Door” is a hardened, Nordic, warrior-maiden with a frosty disposition… unless you mention flowers. Or kittens.

HADES: Zeus’s big-brother is literally that… Every bit as tall and physically impressive as Zeus isn’t. Hades is the dark and powerful embodiment of pretty much all things ominous and threatening and… well, just plain scary.

PRODUCTION HISTORY:

Thunderbolts and Dunderheads, by Todd McGinnis, was originally produced by Playing After Dark Ltd., opening on the 17th of October, 2001, for a two-week run at the Cyril Clark Theatre in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.

Production Personnel for the original production:
directed by Todd McGinnis with the assistance of Tracy Rowland and Marsha Legault.
The set was designed by Todd McGinnis, with lighting by Marsha Legault and costumes by Margaret Cairns.

The production featured the following cast:
Iris, Goddess of Rainbows… Paige Lancaster
Hermes, Messenger of the Gods… Brian Brockenshire*
Zeus, Kings of the Gods… D. Kirk Teeple
Hera, Queen of the Gods: Tracy Rowland
Erronyus Miscellaneous… Todd McGinnis
Valkyrie, Emissary of Odin… Christine Ford
Hades, Lord of the Underworld… David Cairns… *Appeared Courtesty of CAEA

A second production of Thunderbolts and Dunderheads was staged by Playing After Dark Ltd., at the Heritage Theatre in Brampton, Ontario, Canada opening on May 5 2005.

Production Personnel for this production:
Directed by Todd McGinnis with the assistance of Marsha Legault. The all-new set and sound design were designed by Todd McGinnis, with lighting by Mike Rainey, Stage Management by Sarah MacCallum & Marsha Legault with costumes by Margaret Cairns.

This production featured the following cast:
Iris, Goddess of Rainbows… Tracy Rowland
Hermes, Messenger of the Gods… William Poulin
Zeus, Kings of the Gods… Craig Marshall
Hera, Queen of the Gods… Lesley Tumber
Erronyus Miscellaneous… Andrew Clegg
Valkyrie, Emissary of Odin… Christine Ford
Hades, Lord of the Underworld… David Cairns

AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

The debut production of Thunderbolts and Dunderheads was adjudicated by Roy Lewis for the city-wide Bloom Awards Theatre Festival and was nominated for Best Ensemble, Best Production, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Set Design and Best Original Script.

Winner:
Bloom Award for Best Original Script 2001-02 Season.

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