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Redwood Rocks/Treatment

Letter of Intention and Introduction to Redwood Rocks a situation comedy

                                                             written by Kahish Kverdasmith ©2012

 

We have it all right here actors, artists, musicians, film producers and an untapped resource (the homeless). I think the frustrations that have been expressed about unsolved problems and our political system can be transported into laughter while putting good information to use through this medium. Those who know me also know I am plagued with creative ideas on an ongoing basis. To align myself with others who have vision and direction will allow this project to materialize. Addressing the problems in our community will come about in a more productive way when people begin to lessen their polarization because of self interests. I also know so many incredibly talented people and many have expressed the same passion in producing a film about the culture of this diverse, unique and beautiful area. I have always had a latent desire to be on a writing team. If all elements can come together, many people can be employed and happy about what they are doing. I think we can have some fun with the nuisances that make this place unique. We have a strong cohesive community while divided down the middle on many things but still have the ability to laugh at ourselves.  'REDWOOD ROCKS' is in process and I have absolutely no doubt that we can make it a winner.  I see it being performed before a live studio audience.  We need to start with the interested people and the rest will follow. "You are either on the bus or off the bus" I love that quote. Kahish

 

Kahish’s idea list for alternative funding:

*Local sponsors

*Weave locally produced elements into the series. It can be songs books and products...even places to stay.

*Find grants for community development

*ADMISSION TO SHOWS

 

SITUATION COMEDY REDWOOD ROCKS  

                             TREATMENT

 

     This is a situation comedy about the lives and lifestyle of people living in Humboldt County. The depiction of the area is a composite of Arcata and Eureka named.”EurKata”.

     Tara is a body worker, herbalist goddess who works from home and supports her ten year old daughter, Misty Rain who is home schooled, talented and a very grounded intellect. They live next door to Fannie and are good friends with the other neighbor Eddie. Tara is the healer and Misty is the one who has balanced adult logic and innocence that are endearing. She also studies Italian and art so she can one day go to Italy to impress the father she has never met.

     Fannie Mae Rampa is a widow that lives alone and decides to take in boarders to fill the empty nest and also to make ends meet. Her neighbor Eddie is an entertaining gay animal rights activist who tutors computer science students and has a home internet business selling one of a kind clothing that he designs on his Marilyn Monroe mannequin. He gets short notice to move out of a house that once belonged to Marge McKinley who died eight years prior and willed her house to her sister who lives in Texas with a rich corporate tycoon.

Vetch Lobaidy is an arrogant bigot who through poor management, scandals and corporate corruption finds his assets frozen and himself under serious investigation. He lives in denial and is an inconsiderate old fart who talks incessantly. His wife Laura Lobaidy never speaks a word because Vetch does all the talking.  When Laura finally utters a word out loud, it is to her dog a pampered French poodle named FIFI who sports a bow tie. When the police seized Vetch's car and home, the couple ends up driving across country in an old classic belonging to their son who is off in Florida on a sailboat. They go through a series of trials to get to ‘Eur-Kata where they arrive basically penny less except for a bit of savings his wife has from her rental. The old classic car that barely made it to Eur-Kata is further disadvantaged by the removal of its hub caps and a broken window that they discover after their first meal at the mission that they think is a trendy restaurant. These ultra rich folks show up practically in rags and in a getto cruiser to their new home in EurKata. The general response is 'there goes the neighborhood'. The couple is looked upon in pity by Eddie, Fannie, Tara, Misty Rain and Dready Dave (pot grower who only comes out at night). 

The mannequin "Marilyn Monroe" plays a key role as Eddie’s model and sounding board and missing two fingers leaving the middle finger in tact which seems to wave in Vetch's face on more than one occasion.

          In the process of neighborhood changes many things are in disarray and recyclables are piled on the curb. To the Lobaidy's it looks like a real trashy neighborhood. They end up using some of the clothes that are in the giveaway boxes. Eddie moves in with Fannie and offers to help her learn to use the internet. This turns out to be very exciting for Fannie so she can keep in better touch with her children. Fannie is from the old school of thinking but takes to the computer after the initial shock and mystery of it. She has the propensity to become a raging activist with all her new gained knowledge of the world.

The interactions between the existing neighbors are that of friendship and support. 

 

Intro....

Music: Casey Connors "California" as the sound track if possible.

(Casey has given verbal permission)

 

 

 

Introduction to REDWOOD ROCKS      WRITTEN BY KAHISH 2008

 

            IN THE LAND OF THE GIANT SEQUOIA REDWOOD TREES A UNIQUE CULTURE EMERGED. IN NO OTHER PLACE IN THE WORLD ARE THERE REDWOODS OF THIS MAGNITUDE NOR ARE THERE SUCH CULTURALLY DIVERSE PEOPLE CO HABITATING.  THE  FOLLOWING  SCRIPT IS WRITTEN AS A SITUATION COMEDY LENDING  ITSELF TO LIVE PERFORMANCE  THAT IS VISUALIZED TO BE TELEVISED BEFORE A LIVE AUDIENCE. THE INTENTION IS TO BRING LAUGHTER INTO HOMES AND TO PROMOTE HEALTH AND HAPPINESS IN OUR COMMUNITY

 

MAIN CHARACTERS:

 

FANNIE MAE RAMPA

                        A widow late 60s early 70s, and mother of two adults. Fannie is an ordinary woman of her time. The nest is empty and she realizes her house is big and expenses are creeping up on a senior on fixed income. She learns to use computer with help from Eddie, Her neighbor that ends up moving in as a boarder when he gets evicted from his house next door. The more she learns the computer she becomes an educated political activist.

 

EDDIE  HERZINSKY

                        A health conscious male and animal rights vocalist.  He is a computer science major but has his own business he calls “exceptional Eddie’s” where he designs one of a kind Marilyn Monroe outfits selling them on the internet. He uses a mannequin for a model to design the clothing that he also converses with. He is also gay and very theatrical. He is best friends with neighbor 2 doors down, Misty a 10 year old.

 

MANNEQUIN (MARILYN MONROE ) Eddies model and sounding board and also has a way of communicating to others with gestures.

 

MISTY RAIN

                        10 year old wise woman, home schooled and vegan. She studies Italian and likes to do art because her father whom she has never met is Italian and lives in Florence Italy. It is her dream to go to Italy one day to meet him and wow him with her Italian and art. She also sings and writes songs. She is always very grounded in her words  often profound and wise.

 

TARA DI'COURE (name means heart of the earth)

                        Misty's mother works from home as a body worker and new age counselor. She also makes herbal tinctures at home from the herbs she grows in her garden. She home school's Misty. As a single mom she is very prudent with finances which can come as a surprise from such a “hipster”

 

VETCH WUSSARD LOBAIDY (TEXAS RICH ASSHOLE womanizer/bigot) lives in constant denial of most things especially those things that stare him down. He inherited his father’s oil business and investments. He has learned to depend on his wealth, ruin the environment and boss everyone around as though he were the king.

 

LAURA MCKINLEY LOBAIDY (VETCH'S WIFE WHO NEVER SPEAKS) [never has a chance to] Is well organized quietly attending to Vetch's needs. Her most important thing is her Fifi white poodle. S he take her male poodle with her everywhere...eventually she will speak only to her dog...all other language from her will be insinuated.

 

FIFI (Laura's white French poodle) also Laura's sounding board

Other characters

 


Other CHARACTERS:

ERNIE (VETCH'S GOLF PARTNER) He is present in the first scene as his very best friend. Later he is referred to but joins the rest of Vetch’s associations in ditching him when the legal ax falls on Vetch for corporate improprieties.

CLYDE (VETCH'S ACCOUNTANT)
MAX BOZMAN (SHINE REALTY)
DOLE SPITZER (VETCH'S ATTORNEY)
SHERIFF (1st)
TOW TRUCK DRIVER
GUARD
MEXICAN MAID
MAID 2 BOYS 6 AND 8
TWO MEXICAN JUVENILES LOOKING BAD ASS
MARGARET (MARGE) MCKINLEY (DEAD SISTER)
BRET (VETCH'S SON)
BECKY (BRET'S WIFE)
BONNIE (LAWYERS SECRETARY)
MANNEQUIN (MARILYN MONROE)
FIFI (Laura's white french poodle)
RAMBLE (Fannie’s cat)
JJJ jonaton jeffry johnson(referred to ceo Brownsville,Texas)
GAS STATION ATTENDANT

CALTRANS WORKER
OFFICER (101 CA)
OFFICER (phone eureka)
DONALD( Fannies son by reference)
ROSIE (Fannies daughter by reference)
DAVE FREEDAD (DREADY DAVE)POT GROWER lives across the street from Eddie's rented house that belongs to the Lobaidy's from Texas.
LATER CHARACTERS;
DEMENTIA DAISY
AJAX (ARMSTRONG JACKSON) (BLACK JAZZ MUSICIAN)
HARRY HATFIELD (SELLS HATS/HOMELESS)
COSTCO CATIE (associate of Rosie)
RAGGED RICK (STREET PERSON) 
LATER CHARACTERS;
DEMENTIA DAISY (fannie' border by default)

MISSION STAFF

Officers 1&2

Daisy’s daughter and son in law

Settings

HOUSE A (Tara and Misty's)
HOUSE B (Fannie Mae's)
HOUSE C (Eddie's then the Lobaidy's)
HOUSE D(Dready Dave)
HOUSE E TEXAS (Vetch's mansion)
HOUSE F TEXAS (Bret's mansion)
Tara and Misty's Garage
mission
yuppie coffee shop

Health expo

Thrift store

Farmers Market

Pet store

Beauty salon

Hippie health expo