Bad Medicine or Good to the Last Drop

In the sleepy little cattle town of Bagwell, Colorado, childhood sweethearts Sheriff Gene Ranger and Nurse Becky Trueheart are on the fast-track for marriage when evil darkens their doorstep. Beautiful con-artist, Sally West, is found unconscious and feigns amnesia. Her secret ally, snake oil salesman and self-proclaimed healer, Bodkin Shamley, appears. He discredits the town doctor and surreptitiously takes...
In the sleepy little cattle town of Bagwell, Colorado, childhood sweethearts Sheriff Gene Ranger and Nurse Becky Trueheart are on the fast-track for marriage when evil darkens their doorstep. Beautiful con-artist, Sally West, is found unconscious and feigns amnesia. Her secret ally, snake oil salesman and self-proclaimed healer, Bodkin Shamley, appears. He discredits the town doctor and surreptitiously takes over with the goal of wooing Becky for her inherited cattle land. The villainous pair secretly introduce a concoction of love potion and all the wrong people start falling head-over-heals for each other. There is only one hope for Gene, Becky, and all of Bagwell…true love.
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Bad Medicine or Good to the Last Drop

Character Information

  • BECKY TRUEHEART
    25,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Heroine, young pretty Nurse, 25, assistant to Carl, being courted by Gene, recently inherited large cattle ranch upon father's passing.

    (There is a line in the script describing her as "milky white" so if a person of color plays this role please contact playwright for an adjustment in dialogue, no problem.
  • GENE RANGER
    26,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Hero, town sheriff, 26, courting Becky.
  • BODKIN SHAMLEY
    40-50,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Villain, snake oil peddler and con-artist 40s, well spoken, in cahoots with Sally.
    IMPORTANT: Bodkin Shamley is pronounced: BODE-KIN SHAM-LEE. His name is constantly being mispronounced so important to pronounce correctly when not being mispronounced.
  • SALLY WEST
    30s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Beautiful con-artist, 30s, in cahoots with Bodkin.
  • CARL GOODALL
    40-50,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Town doctor, 40s, widowed, smart, sweet on Lacy but undeclared.
  • LACY MCKINNEY
    30s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Proprietor of Bagwell Saloon, 30s, sister to Charlie, tough, widowed, sweet on Carl but undeclared.
  • MAXWELL FORMAN
    50s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Sounds like Foghorn Leghorn. Government official, 50s, coming to finalize the lease agreement of Becky’s Ranch.
    Can be changed to MAXIENE FORMAN for female actor.
  • HICKORY PICKETT
    30s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Townsperson, 30s, with bad dental hygiene, best friend to Charlie.
  • DOUGLAS PRATHER
    60s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Local reverend, 60s, known for giving senseless words of wisdom.
    Can be changed to DONNA PRATHER for female actor.
  • CHARLIE HAMBY
    30s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Townsperson, 30s, brother to Lacy, know-it-all, best friend to Hickory.

Production History

  • Community Theater
    ,
    Way Off Broadway Community Players
    ,
    2021
  • Community Theater
    ,
    Gillette Community Theatre
    ,
    2018
  • Community Theater
    ,
    McKinney Repertory Theatre
    ,
    2016
  • Community Theater
    ,
    Theatre Suburbia
    ,
    2014

Awards

Winner
,
National Scriptwriting Contest
,
Theatre Suburbia
,
2014