Kate Crawford, 60, is recently divorced after a 30-year marriage. Her husband left her for a younger woman and she is dealing with issues of abandonment, ageing and the new world order of internet dating. It is a position in which she never thought she would find herself. Her concerned daughter, Megan, posts Kate's profile on the Love Quest dating site and Kate is thrust into unknown territory. The “gentleman caller” is a thing of the past. Now a relationship is decided in a millisecond with the “swipe” of a finger across your smart phone. And speed dating gives Kate sixty seconds to present herself, thirty seconds too long for many of the younger men who sit across from here.
Brook Davis, 32, single, is climbing the corporate ladder in the fashion industry with a driven, single minded focus. She has just won "The Emerging Designer of the Year". Her ambition left her little time for socializing which is just fine with her. Raised in foster homes she has learned to only trust herself. A relationship would only get in her way. However, executives in her firm want her to raise her celebrity profile by being seen and photographed at the right places with eye candy dates. Her assistant, Bové, reluctantly signs her up on Love Quest. Brook is far more cynical than Kate and is more amused than shocked by what she encounters in the world of high speed dating.
Kate and Brook meet after a date goes awry and become friends and allies in this strange new dating world. Each has started with different goals and they both find something they didn’t expect. Kate finds an inner strength and realizes what is truly important in life. Brook learns to trust again. Neither outcome is the result of an online search.
Love Quest is a 90-minute romantic comedy.
Set: Kate's kitchen is stage right. Brook's office is stage left. Projections display what the characters see on their tablets. The other scenes take place center stage.
Music and lights smoothly transition one scene to the next so the scenes play as one continuous piece.
Ivoryton Playhouse Artistic Director, Jacqui Hubbard, found Love Quest when she attended a staged reading. The lead character Katherine Crawford was played by American singer, dancer, comedian and actress of stage and television Sandy Duncan.
Mary started her career as an advertising copywriter at Chiat/Day, Los Angeles, under acclaimed ad man Jay Chiat. She moved to television as a production assistant on WKRP in Cincinnati and later wrote two episodes that aired its first season. She worked for a variety of advertising agencies on the West Coast then moved into health care administration. When she found herself divorced after a 30-year marriage, she chronicled her dating experiences. The result is Love Quest. She has enough material for many sequels and is still writing her happy ending.
"Miracle Larry" a screenplay by Lawrence Kelly & Steven McGraw is currently in preproduction.
Steven’s teleplay “Miles from Nowhere”, an autobiographical family drama, was produced by New World International, and starred Rick Schroder and James Farentino. It first aired on CBS, and won a Christopher Award for writing. The story was also published by William Morrow as a novel titled “Totaled.” His screenplay, “Pendragon” won in the action/adventure category at The Breckenridge Film Festival, Table Read My Screenplay in Park City, the White Nights Russian Film Festival, and The Birmingham Film Festival.
Due to the popularity of the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire”, Steven was commissioned by Academy Bus to write and direct a two character historic docudrama about Nucky Johnson. It was performed on a trolley circling Atlantic City visiting Nucky's favorite haunts. The New York Times called it “funny and informative”.
Steven has presented some of Off Broadway’s longest running hits at his cabaret theatre in Manhattan. Among them are “Forbidden Broadway”, “Forever Plaid,” and “A Couple of Blaguards” by Frank McCourt and Malachy McCourt which toured the country for ten years.
Steven is a graduate of Notre Dame.