The Honey Trap

The morning of July 4th 1957, the largest above ground nuclear bomb was detonated in the continental United States, sixty miles from Las Vegas.

As the play begins, a small “watch the Atomic bomb” party is about to start. It is July 4th, 1957. Flo, the black showgirl, and her would-be boyfriend Morty, the son –of-a-miner Hispanic bellhop, begin preparing for the arrival of Colonel Brooks, and...
The morning of July 4th 1957, the largest above ground nuclear bomb was detonated in the continental United States, sixty miles from Las Vegas.

As the play begins, a small “watch the Atomic bomb” party is about to start. It is July 4th, 1957. Flo, the black showgirl, and her would-be boyfriend Morty, the son –of-a-miner Hispanic bellhop, begin preparing for the arrival of Colonel Brooks, and his Southern Belle secretary. The secretary is really a Russian spy. Before the festivities can begin, a female Japanese FBI agent shows up to put a damper on things. To make matters worse for the crooked Colonel, his domineering wife shows up. Now the real fireworks begin.

At the end of Act one, the bomb incinerates the Colonel and his Russian spy girlfriend. They reappear in act two as ghosts. It turns out the Colonels’ accounts have been frozen, leaving his wife in the lurch. At the same time, the Bellhop’s dirt farm turns out to be uranium, allowing him and Flo to pursue their dreams in New York City.


The saying The Honey Trap is a Cold War era term. It describes the KGB tactic of training voluptuous female spies to attain ‘pillow talk’ from unsuspecting Americans.
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The Honey Trap

Character Information

  • MK (Mary Katherine)
    late 20-30,
    Asian
    ,
    Female
    F.B.I. Agent. Diminutive, but forthright and serious about her position. MK (Mary Katherine) is investigating the Colonel and his secretary.
  • Colonel Brooks
    Late 40's - low 50's,
    Caucasian
    ,
    Male
    A recently retired Air Force Colonel.  Corrupt through and through. Bombastic. Loves the freedom the military and its uncounted millions offer him.
  • FLO
    mid to late 20's,
    African American
    ,
    Female
    A showgirl for the hotel-casino.  Feisty and fierce.  Flo has dreams of being a ballerina, or at least a headliner in a Casino show.
  • Mort
    mid to late 20's,
    Hispanic
    ,
    Male
    A bell boy for the hotel-casino.  Mortimer has a thick Mexican accent.  He is in love with FLO.  He has inherited his fathers ranch in New Mexico, but is loyal to his job.  He occasionally speaks Spanish.  He also occasionally uses both an Edward G. Robinson, and a James Cagney voice.
  • Beatrice
    Late 40's - low 50's,
    Caucasian
    ,
    Female
    The Colonel’s wife. Overbearing and outspoken. A proud daughter of a Senator.  She has pulled herself up from a simple life to become the wife of an internationally important military man.  She takes full advantage of the perks afforded her.
  • Lana
    low to mid 20's,
    Caucasian
    ,
    Female
    Colonel Brooks’ Secretary. (She is the Honey Trap) Sexy, seductive.  She is in reality a Russian Spy.  Lana speaks in act one with an American Southern accent and act two in a Russian accent.  She appears in lingerie' during the play.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, North Carolina
    ,
    2010

Production History

  • Community Theater
    ,
    Greenbelt Arts Center, Greenbelt Maryland.
    ,
    2019