Break A Leg! A Very Theatrical Fiasco – Fiasco Playset

Hi there Jank Cast listeners, JOHNKELLY here!

Tonight after playing the Boomtown Fiasco playset Megan and I sat down and did something we should have done a long time ago. File a restraining order against Timo? Nope. We made a fiasco playset to reflect the world of the THEATRE! We call it Break A Leg! A Very Theatrical Fisaco. To add a little spice we added some classic characters from shows to the relationships. We’d love any feedback on it in the comments section. So, read it. play it. Send in critiques. Enjoy our Preview Week Version:

Break A Leg – Preview Week Version

A Very Theatrical Fiasco Playset

Written by: John Kelly and Megan Pedersen

with help by Mike the Pro-Champion

Movie Night: Waiting for Guffman, Slings and Arrows, Extras, Noise is Off

Special Thanks: All the theatres we have worked at over they years that have given us inspiration for everything in here from the box of swords with no lock on it to “You’ll remember me when I’m famous!”
Also thanks to a particular production of Uncle Vayna and from JOHNKELLY to Columbia College Chicago


  1. Romance
    1. Showmance
    2. Director and Cast (Member or entire)
    3. Thespian and Outsider
    4. Crush
    5. Secret Lovers
    6. One night stand
  2. Family
    1. Supportive Parents and Child
    2. Unsupportive Parents and Child
    3. Following in the family footsteps
    4. Jealous Siblings – Austin and Lee
    5. Spouses (Current or Separate)
    6. Dysfunctional Family – The Lowmans
  3. Work
    1. Stage Crew
    2. Actors
    3. Designers
    4. Director and Other (Local Playwright, Cast, Crew, Designers)
    5. Co-Directors
    6. Volunteer” Ushers
  4. Community
    1. Actor and Techie
    2. Cast-mates
    3. Diva Ingenue
    4. Bitter Rivals
    5. Community Theatre/Summer Stock Players
    6. Mentor and Protege
  5. Friendship
    1. Just for the show
    2. Drinking buddies
    3. Best Friends – Herratio and Hamlet
    4. Till the Bitter end – Vladimir and Estragon
    5. User and the used – Gloud and Fox
    6. Fair-weather Friends – Caesar and Brutus
  6. The Past
    1. Went to Theatre school together
    2. Bad Blood
    3. Used to own a Theatre Company
    4. Former Child Actors
    5. I’ve never met them. But I’ve heard stories.”
    6. You’ll remember me when I’m famous!”


  1. To Get Laid…
    1. Once a show. Every show.
    2. To show whose boss.
    3. To get that part you’ve always dreamed of.
    4. To maintain your reputation.
    5. For the first time.
    6. To come out of the closet.
  2. To Get Revenge…
    1. For not getting that role.
    2. By ruining the show.
    3. For the humiliation you endure every day.
    4. On the one who broke your heart.
    5. For spelling your name wrong in the program.
    6. On the guy who makes everyone look bad.
  3. To Get Out…
    1. Of this damn business!
    2. Of this horrible show.
    3. Of this crappy town.
    4. Of my contract
    5. Of a relationship that’s turned weird.
    6. And to Broad-WAY!
  4. To Get Even…
    1. For that actor who can’t find their light.
    2. With a rival.
    3. With “The Establishment”.
    4. With the reviewer that panned your show.
    5. With those bastards for not giving you your check.
    6. With the people who just don’t understand good theatre when they see it.
  5. To Get Famous…
    1. Because I deserve it.”
    2. To Prove you wrong.”
    3. So I can make real art.”
    4. So my parents will accept me.”
    5. So everyone knows my name.”
    6. Just like __________.”
  6. To Get Respect…
    1. By doing this role justice!
    2. From yourself, by finally doing it once and for all.
    3. From everyone for atoning for your mistake.
    4. By getting a good review.
    5. I don’t need respect. This is art.”
    6. Because you have nothing left to life for.


  1. Props
    1. A real antique wheel chair.
    2. A porcelain Buddha that smashes each night.
    3. Alcohol – Lots and lots of alcohol.
    4. A live animal.
    5. A human skull.
    6. Two Hundred Christmas Trees.
  2. Weapons
    1. A Gun loaded with blanks.
    2. A big box of swords with no lock on it.
    3. A grenade. (It’s totally safe.)
    4. Gloves with claws on them.
    5. Nun-chucks.
    6. A Anti-Aircraft gun from when you did Mister Robert.
  3. On Stage
    1. A lamp that is wired poorly.
    2. A sandbag.
    3. Glow tape – lots of glow tape.
    4. A giant red velvet, flame retardant curtain.
    5. A trap door.
    6. A rain machine.
  4. Unsavory
    1. A giant bag of communal pot.
    2. A sex tape staring someone in the cast.
    3. Food stamps.
    4. Eviction notice.
    5. Pregnancy test.
    6. A secret shrine to Julie Tamor.
  5. Valuables
    1. The next show’s unreleased cast list.
    2. Keys to the theatre.
    3. Cell phone number of the director.
    4. The stage manager’s prompt book.
    5. The existence of a bad review.
    6. The real reason the last actor quit.
  6. Sentimental
    1. Stephen Sondheim’s autograph
    2. Tear stained love letter
    3. Security Blanket
    4. A director’s good note.
    5. Flowers from opening night.
    6. A Tony Award that belonged to someone else.


  1. Front of House
    1. Box Office
    2. Cash Bar
    3. Lobby
    4. Coming Soon” Marque
    5. Bathroom
    6. Audience seating
  2. Backstage
    1. The Grid
    2. The Dressing Rooms
    3. The Booth
    4. The Prop Room
    5. The Green Room
    6. The Director Office
  3. Outside the Theatre
    1. Parking Lot/Valet Stand
    2. The 7-11 across the street
    3. The back alley
    4. The smokey stairwell
    5. The Salvation Army
    6. Hookah Bar
  4. Residences
    1. A tiny studio apartment
    2. A van parked behind the theatre
    3. Your parents house
    4. A 5 bedroom house with 7 people living there.
    5. On someone else’s couch.
    6. How do you afford this place?”
  5. Actor Bar
    1. Out front for smoking
    2. Passed out under a table
    3. The bathroom – maybe or maybe not having sex
    4. Behind the Golden T machine
    5. Holy shit, it’s tequila.”
    6. The techie table
  6. Cast Party
    1. The Director’s loft apartment
    2. Denny’s
    3. A restaurant that is far too nice.
    4. In a field in the middle of no where
    5. The local high school
    6. A Bowling Alley

5 thoughts on “Break A Leg! A Very Theatrical Fiasco – Fiasco Playset

  1. Hooray! The spelling is a little wonky, but thespians don’t care about that kind of thing. We’ll post this somewhere as a PDF so folks can download it off the interwebs.


  2. This playset is great. The memories (I was a theater major)… This set also meshes well with the “softer” Tilt and Aftermath I’m working on, for a more John Hughes and less Coen brothers vibe. You guys should polish this up, it is really fun.

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