Geoff’s met his perfect mate. Now, he’s just got to tie the knot…
When you find your perfect match, how do you take it to the next level?
Well, by popping the question of course! Throughout the centuries, marriage has been the classic way to declare: I’ve decided – this one’s for me!
For some people, that’s more difficult than others. Perhaps your burning love isn’t traditional: maybe it’s a coupling that makes you happy – but causes society to get all cranky and frown.
Meet Geoff. The titular character in Michael O’Farrell’s cute satiric script, our hero’s in just such a pickle. Ready to commit to his true love, we first meet Geoff on his Big Day. Walking into the chapel. Meeting the rickety Justice of the Peace (assisted by his old and sentimental wife.)
But who does Geoff have at his side? Robert – in a matching tux. Given recent advances with LBGT rights, you’ve got to ask… who’s exactly marrying whom? If you think that’s obvious, think again. You’ll soon find out how wrong you are!
Sweet and smart, Geoff is a short that turns the marriage question on its head. Since love is love, why cling to outdated rules? Assuming everyone’s consenting and adult, why stick with vanilla marriage … or with ANY gender at all? Aren’t there more options to try?
Some of the most classic comedies are those that “marry” goofiness with satire (without necessarily picking a ‘side’). Given its many twists and turns, Geoff falls right in line.
You want to make the STS staff the happiest people on Earth? Then say “yes”, and give this cute script a read – and imagine Bill Murray as Geoff himself…
The result? You’ll be laughing all the way down the aisle. And winning festivals, as well!
Budget: Minimum. All that’s needed are some actors with great comedic timing. And preferably Bill Murray (or his clone). If you can reach his agent, that is.
Reviewer: Rachel Kate Miller is a veteran of the feature animation industry, having worked on several Oscar winning films, bringing stories to life. In 2012, she left animation to move to Chicago and run the design department for President Obama’s reelection campaign. She is now living in New York, writing, consulting on various projects and creating an educational animated series for elementary students focused on engaging kids in science.
Writer: Michael O’Farrell is a mathematician who worked on the Space Shuttle Program and now writes fiction. He can be reached at michael.ofarrell “AT” knology DOT net.
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