Auto-Destruct & The Rhesus Umbrella

Auto-Destruct & The Rhesus Umbrella $13

Jeff Wanshel

Published by Dramatists Play Service

Auto-Destruct is "the story of a man who robbed the Bank of Mexico and married a gas station attendant"

To be sure, there's a bank robbery; a double-cross; a get-away scene; and a passel of sneaky, slimy Mexican heavies who, after being shot, shortly reappear in different costumes. And the hero does marry the person who repairs his car - although with identities shifting so rapidly it's not always easy to tell who's who

But, in this wildly funny parody of the Hollywood western, it is the action that counts, and the zany, offbeat, imaginative lunacy that the author provides in nonstop profusion (7 men)

A wildly inventive and very funny play, which enjoyed successful production both in San Francisco and Off-Off-Broadway in New York City


" a happy antidote to, say, those heavy evenings uptown" ~ Village Voice

"It's insane, it's weird and best of all it's one of the most consistently funny shows to be seen around here in a long time" ~ Berkeley Gazette

" celebrates lunacy while not letting it off scot free" ~ San Francisco Chronicle

The Rhesus Umbrella is set in a laboratory, where scientists are probing into the nature of love by experimenting with giant Rhesus monkeys

The son of one of the scientists is in love with the daughter of another - but she is committed to her father's research. The solution: The son dresses in a monkey suit; thereby fooling the nearsighted scientists; winning the fair maiden; and bearing out the theory that while love between Rhesus monkeys is an impossibility, love between a monkey and a human being may well be the wave of the future (6 men and 3 women)

A brilliant absurdist comedy, first presented by the Yale Repertory Theatre, in New Haven

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