The Squirrel Plays: Infestation, Compensation, Eradication

Depending on one's perspective the Squirrel Plays are three movements on a theme or three acts of one play, but the latter two plays cannot exist without the previous ones and they are intended to be presented as one evening of theatre.

Infestation or The Play About the Squirrel

Tom and Sarah don’t want squirrels. They’re not like, “Maybe someday.” They really don’t want...
Depending on one's perspective the Squirrel Plays are three movements on a theme or three acts of one play, but the latter two plays cannot exist without the previous ones and they are intended to be presented as one evening of theatre.

Infestation or The Play About the Squirrel

Tom and Sarah don’t want squirrels. They’re not like, “Maybe someday.” They really don’t want squirrels. Squirrels don’t suit their lifestyle and it’s in the pre-nup, but when they discover a squirrel trapped in the attic of their new home they have very different responses to this unplanned...situation. A look at abortion through metaphor, Infestation is a one-act play with one Man, one Wife, and an “Exterminator.”

Compensation

The extermination bill for their unplanned squirrel is outrageous. Tom doesn’t want to pay it. Sarah wants to forget it ever happened. Instead of respecting Sarah’s wishes, Tom tries to convince the neighborhood association that they should subsidize the cost of local exterminations leading to unpleasant debate, airing of dirty laundry, strained relations with the neighbors, and ultimately a rift in their marriage. A reflection on the use of public funds for abortion, Compensation is a one-act companion piece to Infestation.

Eradication

Already strained relations with the neighbors get worse when the Alderman goes on a shooting spree killing several — mostly black — squirrels in the neighbor’s yard. Then animal control manages to kill a couple more. Tom and Sarah find their relationship mending as they band together to oppose the neighborhood bigotry, and join the new movement to reduce gun violence and eliminate abuses perpetrated by animal control.
An exploration of how guilt and good intentions can lead liberal whites down a very patronizing and unhelpful path, Eradication is a companion piece to Infestation and Compensation.
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The Squirrel Plays: Infestation, Compensation, Eradication

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  • Hallie Palladino:
    1 Mar. 2018
    These absurdist comedies about squirrel problems are a hilarious metaphor for social issues ranging from class to race to gun violence. A timely dark comedy about middle class liberal hypocrisy.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Ecelectic Theatre Company
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    Red Fern Theatre, NY
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    Agency Theater Collective
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
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    Chicago Dramatists
    ,
    2014

Production History

  • Fringe
    ,
    Wandsworth Fringe Festival
    ,
    2018
  • Fringe
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    RhinoFest (only Infestation, the first "act" was presented)
    ,
    2007