You're a Real Character
by Tom Mach
~a comedy play for the theatre~
Steve gives his friend Matt and Lillian (Matt’s fiancée) an ancient lamp he found while serving in Iraq. Matt, a writer, is frustrated because Max, his agent, says he can’t find a publisher since Matt’s characters don’t come alive. Out of curiosity, Matt rubs the lamp and Roxelana, a beautiful genie, appears and grants him four wishes. Matt asks Roxelana to make his characters come alive—and they do, resulting in Matt’s need to hide one character named Bunny from Lillian, while protecting Bunny from another character called Sam. Things become complicated when Roxelana insists on being in his novel and Lillian breaks off the engagement after seeing him alone with Roxelana. Comedic twists occur throughout the play, resulting in Matt wishing the characters in his novel would disappear. And they disappear—or do they?