Cäterwäul

Short. It’s the Battle of the Bands Night at Amityville High in Vermont — a time honored tradition when high school seniors show their proud families (and their teachers) what they can do with music. On this particular night, the weather has decided that music deserves a break. The show has been canceled. Only problem is, no one has told the infamous death metal band CÄTERWÄUL, who are currently hiding out in...
Short. It’s the Battle of the Bands Night at Amityville High in Vermont — a time honored tradition when high school seniors show their proud families (and their teachers) what they can do with music. On this particular night, the weather has decided that music deserves a break. The show has been canceled. Only problem is, no one has told the infamous death metal band CÄTERWÄUL, who are currently hiding out in the band room. They are hiding out because they are one, crucial, band member short, and there is a heated debate going on what to do about it.

Written for the Playwrights Thriving 2022 Secret Santa Title Exchange.
Title gifted by the equally gifted Scott Sickles. Scott's plays are on NPX.
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Cäterwäul

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  • Daniel Prillaman:
    23 Jan. 2023
    Somebody said once that "teenagers scare the living shit out of me." They've clearly had run-ins with the eclectic and ambitious metalheads of Plummer's "Cäterwäul," who've, in turn, clearly never had run-ins with umlauts. This is glorious chaos. But be warned, it's so infectious that you might stärt using umlauts yourself. You cän never have too many umläuts, right? If you're täking the band seriöusly, if yöu cäre aboüt the bänd, then yöü shöüld be üsing äs mäny äs yöü cän.

    Ümläüts!
  • Emily McClain:
    15 Jan. 2023
    The deep sincerity all the teen characters have in this short play is matched only by the triviality of their situation- and Dominica Plummer understands the intensity of teen emotions and utilizes that understanding to great effect. Sadly, weather and circumstances prevent us from getting to hear the band actually play (perhaps that's for the best?) but given the size of the egos involved in the arguments in the bandroom waiting to go on and perform, we would have been in for a real trip! Great work!
  • Scott Sickles:
    10 Jan. 2023
    It's the umlauts that'll get ya. You think you're being cool with the Germanic punctuation accents that you think are Nordic but aren't but then someone comes along and they know...

    They know...

    Plummer delightfully skewers teen naiveté about music, show business, life, love, and punctuation while celebrating the wisdom of hard-won experience and the delicious sadism of parentally imparting those lessons on the aforementioned arrogant adolescent artistes.

    The characters and interplay are sheer joy. And who doesn't love a play about teen Death Metal bands in New England!

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