A Comedy by Mary Maguire & Steven McGraw

Love Quest Plays The Ivoryton Playhouse

Find Your Soul Mate

Love Quest explores the journeys of two women in the perilous world of online dating

A renowned scientist once theorized that finding “intelligent life” on other planets in the universe would be like shooting a particular blackbird in a room full of blackbirds, with the lights out. 

Ironically, the same probability applies for finding a "normal man” on an online dating service.

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, old age 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 bad 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. And neither outcome is the result of an online search.

Cast

  • KATHERINE CRAWFORD -  60, divorced after a 30 year marriage
  • BROOK DAVIS - 32, emerging fashion designer
  • MEGAN CRAWFORD - 28, daughter of Katherine
  • BOVÉ - 32,   Brook's gay assistant, his mannerisms flamboyant, his dress boldly creative, his accent French  
  • HAL BRENNAN - 60,  retired detective. Foursquare 
  • EVERYMAN - 40,  Gordon,  Justin,  Frau Wurtz, Eric, Michael,  Jimmy, Ring Announcer, Cutman, Tyler

Love Quest is a 90 minute comedy.  

A large poster hangs in the lobby promoting the dating site "Love Quest - Your Guide to Romance".  


The set should not be literal. Projection screens establish locations and display what the characters see on their tablets. Set pieces and the projections work together creatively to foster an atmosphere that lets the audience embrace a heightened reality.  


Music and lights smoothly transition one scene to the next so the scenes play as one continuous piece.


Playwrights

Mary Maguire

  

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.

Steven McGraw

  

Steve’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, and most recently the White Nights Russian Film Festival.

Steve has presented some of Off Broadway’s longest running hits at his cabaret theatre in Manhattan. Among them are “Forbidden Broadway”, “Forever Plaid,” and Frank and Malachy McCourt’s “A Couple of Blaguards”.

Steve is a graduate of Notre Dame.