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Sissydude

Sissydude

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Published by Ian Mullan
Sissydude is a campy rock musical inspired by the sexually charged blogging and art of John Webster. The play is about the life of Jamie, a gay dandy with extravagant style. After seeking out someone to sublet his apartment Jamie ends up with two new roommates eager to take his place. The arrival of Laurie and Frank cause Jamie to question if he’s ready to leave his old home and all of the ghosts of his past that still haunt it.
Sissydude is a campy rock musical inspired by the sexually charged blogging and art of John Webster. The play is about the life of Jamie, a gay dandy with extravagant style. After seeking out someone to sublet his apartment Jamie ends up with two new roommates eager to take his place. The arrival of Laurie and Frank cause Jamie to question if he’s ready to leave his old home and all of the ghosts of his past that still haunt it.

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Published by: Ian Mullan on Apr 01, 2012
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Sissydude
Collective creation - Ian Mullan, Sam Horak, Jason Vautour, Adrian Bruhm
 
Character descriptions:
Jamie
Man of indeterminable age who has lived in his apartment for an undetermined amountof time. He is the “Sissydude” in the show’s title. Sarcastic and aloof he’s a campy character who’s obsessed with death, collecting things, and wearing extravagant outfits. Based on thegay blogger John Webster who runs the sexually charged website sissydude.com. 
Laurie
Small town lesbian who still has some small town ideals Laurie enjoys her friendshipswith gay men. Fascinated by the idea of luck, and who is or isn’t lucky she allows herself tobelieve in things like fate even though she it otherwise a rational person. Laurie and Jamieunderstand one another in their insults and sarcasm, and she cares for Frank like an older sister. 
Frank
Raised on a mink farm and sent to private school, his isolation has given him a narrowview on human personalities and relationships. He is vain but only recently aware of hisattractiveness. He’s drawn to the assertive personalities of Laurie and Jamie, but frustrated bytheir distrust in the world.
 Plot description:
Jamie places an ad in the paper to sublet his Gottingen street apartment. Laurie and Frankshow up separately eager to rent the place even before Jamie had planned to leave. Rather than be displaced Jamie invites both of them to live with him until he is ready to move out at theend of the month. They reluctantly accept the offer from the bizarre character who reveals littleabout himself or the new home they’ve moved into other than a bizarre humming noise and awall of portraits. Laurie and Frank are suspicious of Jamie, but his flamboyant personality puts them both atease. The three roommates grow closer to one another despite Jamie revealing nothing of his past and the lack of signs that there are any other tenants living in the apartment building.When Frank and Laurie discover a bedroom filled with hoards of stuff, they demand it becleared for them and Jamie goes on the defensive. Frank privately approaches Jamie about the inconsistencies in his story, ending theconfrontation in the bedroom. The humming which has plagued the apartment since the play’sstart grows loud and turn to calls for the souls of Frank and Laurie. The portraits come alive asformer tenants and Jamie is outed as the gatekeeper to an underworld hungry for life. With thecloset door pulling the roomates in Jamie shows he has mended his ways by trying to save hisnew friends. Taking decisive action to offer a permanent solution Laurie decides to burn theplace down and seal the gates once and for all.
 
Songs description:
Song 1
 TBC1
 
 
Song 2
Cut a Girl Loose
to be writtenPop music with humour.Purpose: Jamie and Frank have just met this song shows Jamie’s eccentricity. Frank isplanning to sublet the small one bedroom apartment and asks what comes with the place.Jamie responds sarcastically: “A mouse named Mindy comes with the place. She wanted tomove out with me, the rat, but sometimes you just gotta cut a girl loose.”Song about Mindy’s family tree as a mouse, what they’ve done together as friends in theapartment, her old relatives who died in various funny ways.Song should be fun, a little campy.Potential inspiration:Lily Allen-Alfiehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RgOm_WJKpE 
Song 3
No title yet 
- to be writtenFolk music/Pop/Rap - Really anythingPurpose: The three roomates decide to move in together. The song doesn’t need to further theplot, it just needs to set the mood and assert their comfort with one another. Should commenton the action rather than re-explain the action. Just a good song.
Song 4
No title yet 
- to be writtenTrashy 80s Hair MetalPurpose: The three roommates are sunning themselves on the roof when conversation turns tothe fear. Does fear make you stonger/weaker?In the style of “Rock the Cradle of Love” Frank reveals his vanity with a metal song basicallysaying : “I don’t fear anything, people should fear me.”Potential inspiration:Billy Idol- Rock the Cradle of Lovehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1xUvcGMWBk 
Song 5
I Want it All 
- Adrian is currently working on thisPop rockPurpose: Laurie and Frank have discovered Jamie’s hoard of stuff in the closet and theydemand he get rid of it. Jamie talks about how important each piece of kitsch he’s collected isto him. Jamie urges them out of the apartment and claims he’ll work on the mess. <Note: song 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 will eventually lead into one another in the style of most rockmusicals.>
 Song 6
Suck the Life Out of You
- to be writtenPunk/Pop2
 
 Purpose: Frank confronts Jamie over whether he intends to leave the apartment at all andreveals the feelings he has. Other than the obvious gayness of the title, it’s also meant toforshadow the room which literally will “suck the life out of you.” Song should verge betweenkissing or killing. Blood, wrestling, yelling.Potential inspiration:CSS- Alalahttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cnOvMFnRvsPeaches and Iggy - Kick ithttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4-n1ISQyqU&feature=fvst 
Song 7
Untitled Laurie piece
- to be writtenFocus on the vocalsPurpose: Pipes rumble and Laurie emerges from the bathroom where she’s been sleeping inthe bathtub since Jamie refuses to allow anyone to stay in the empty room. Laurie is scared,uncertain of the weird sounds, uncertain of how lucky she has been to find this apartment andthese friends.Song ends with the sound of pipes getting louder, the closet door vibrating and the bandbecoming possessed asking for souls and Jamie and Frank emerging from the bedroom. 
Song 8
I Never Meant for it to Be this Way 
- to be writtenUnknown stylePurpose: Jamie explains he was trying to save them and runs to the door struggling to keep it(and the portal to hell) closed. Portraits come alive, wails from the band, a portal is opening andJamie is supposed to feed them to the closet like he’s done many times before but this time hecares about them and doesn’t want to. 
Song 9
Burn burn burn
- to be writtenRockPurpose: Laurie takes control, her voice rises above everyone else and calls for the whole placeto “burn, burn, burn” so they can all escape alive. A struggle, the portal opens, there’s fire andthe song ends in blackout.
Song 10
Reprise
TBCPurpose: The whole place has burned down, Jamie didn’t survive, Frank and Laurie sit in therubble. 
Scene 1: Sublet 
 
<A man dances through his apartment in an untied silk kimono, moustache and glasses. Theapartment is decorated with garish eccentricities. Every corner seems filled with colourful nick 
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