Michael & Susan Parker
It all begins with a ‘STUD’
Mrs. Stancliffe’s Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast has been successful for many years. Guests (nearly all women), return year after year. Her next-door neighbor, the silver-tongued Bud Davis believes that they return to spend time with him in romantic liaisons. The prim and proper Mrs. Stancliffe, of course, steadfastly denies this, but really doesn’t do anything to prevent it. Perhaps she reluctantly accepts the fact, that “Bud the Stud”, as he calls himself, is, in fact, good for business.
Her other neighbor and would-be suitor Henry Mitchell is a retired chemist who has developed a blue pill called “Venusia,” after Venus the goddess of love, to increase the libido of menopausal women. The pill has not been tested.
Add to the guest list three older women: Victoria Ambrose, a romance novelist whose personal life seems to be lacking in romance; Hillary Hudson a friend of Henry’s who has agreed to test the Venusia: and Charmaine Beauregard, a “Southern Belle” whose libido does not need to be increased! Bud gets his hands on some of the Venusia pills and the fun begins, as he attempts to entertain all three women! The women mix up Bud’s Viagra pills with the Venusia, and we soon discover that it has a strange effect on men: it gives them all the symptoms of menopausal women, complete with hot flashes, mood swings, weeping and irritability! When the mayhem settles down, all the women find their lives moving in new and surprising directions.
meet the author
Michael Parker has been active in the theatre almost all his life. At age fourteen, in England where he was born and raised, he won the title role in a regional production of Terence Rattigan’s play, The Winslow Boy, for which he received a “Best Actor of the Year” award. By age seventeen he was touring with The National Shakespearean Youth Company. He graduated in the top 3% of his class from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, but describes his five years of military service as “uneventful”. There being few employment opportunities in civilian life for infantry anti-tank specialists, at age twenty-three he emigrated to Canada where he began a Temporary Office Help business, which proved so successful that he was able to retire ten years later and move to the Caribbean.
Over the succeeding years, while living in Bermuda, Grand Cayman, and The Turks and Caicos Islands, he was free again to indulge his passion for the theatre. Never far from The United States, he was able to audition for roles in many Florida Theatres. As an English actor, working in America, Mr. Parker became acutely aware of the difficulties experienced by American theatre companies, in producing English works, in particular modern farces. Re-creating the wide range of English dialects is almost impossible, and many of the best farces simply do not “translate” well into “American”. So he challenged himself to write a play which would integrate all the best loved and most familiar devices of the traditional British farce into a distinctly American setting. This had to be a play in which the verbal, visual, and above all, the circumstantial humor would be immediately available to American audiences. The result was an “American Farce”, The Sensuous Senator, which was inspired by the then current sex scandal involving Senator Gary Hart.
Encouraged by the success of his first play, and the popularity of the British “naughty but nice” concept, he went on to write a sequel called, The Amorous Ambassador. The rest, as they say, is history. In 1999, he wrote The Lone Star Love Potion and Hotbed Hotel in 2000, There’s a Burglar in My Bed and Whose Wives Are They Anyway? in 2002, Who’s In Bed with the Butler? in 2003, and Never Kiss a Naughty Nanny in 2006. He co-authored a play with his wife Susan, Sin, Sex & the CIA, in 2006, Sex Please We’re Sixty! in 2008, and What is Susan’s Secret? in 2010. His plays are published by Samuel French.