Toil & Trouble - A Comedy


So it's basically an uber capitalist hipster

Toil and Trouble
Something Wicked Funny This Way Comes


Two ambitious young men and one badass lady fight the recession with dictatorial dreams and sketchy plans. Adam, Matt, and Beth are Bay Area 30-somethings with too much college education (and not enough employment) for their own good. Adam has a plethora of ideas, but none seem viable and all of them involve robots. But when three fortune cookies, delivered with their takeout, change the course of their lives, the trio settles for taking over a small island nation off the coast of Chile populated by... miniature vicuña? Seriously. Alliances form, friendships are tested, and murders are attempted. Did we mention this is a comedy? 


Adam - 30, MBA hit hard by recession. Go-getter in everything. Undergrad roomies with Zack and Stanford.

Matt - 30, political science major, peace activist, push-over until…

Beth - 30, hot, powerful, brilliant - sports journalist focusing on baseball


Bay Area Apartment of ill repute



This is based on Shakespeare’s MacBeth.

      MATT = MacBeth

      ADAM = King/Banquo/Servants/MacDuff…   

                      kinda everyone else

      BETH = Lady M

      Fortune Cookies = Weird Sisters

Vicuña are real. Miniature Vicuna, not so much.

The island is totally made up. 

ALSO... you can change the sports team and specific locations to whatever is regional. Or you can just stick to making fun of The Bay Area. 


Adam, Matt, and Beth are Bay Area 30-somethings hit hard by the recession - they're way too overqualified to work at Border's, so they decide to take over (but really "borrow") a small island nation. No seriously.
TOIL AND TROUBLE twists Shakespeare's MACBETH into ridiculous modernity showing that hubris, greed, power and passion still rule the world.

Adam and Matt are best friends, until Adam seriously suggests throwing a
coup on (not a coupon)  a tiny Island on the coast of Chile. Matt is appalled - you can't just DO that. Adam says - happens all the time, and they'll throw in some peacekeeping and hay to placate the masses. Masses don't want HAY they want iPads, Matt says. Not if the masses are vicuña , small llama-like creatures with highly prized wool. The island is covered with them, and there's like ONE guy on the island when their not sheering, and if they take over they can sell the wool for $20k a coat! Beth (badass longtime lady friend who ravages men and destroys the nightly sports report on her beloved Giants) is excited because she likes coats and political unrest. As the wine dwindles, all three agree - let's coup this bitch.




Generation Limbo: Waiting It Out:

Recent College Graduates Wait for Their Real Careers to Begin


Basebel vs football


Fortune Cookies are really from Japan.

By Jennifer 8. Lee | January 16, 2008

Various senbei at Hougyokudou bakery outside Kyoto, near Fushimi Inari Shrine

story in The New York Times that points, persuasively, that fortune cookies originate not from China, but from Japan. 

Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory
in San Francisco's Chinatown

"Within a few paces of the entrance you can see fortune cookies being made right in front of you. First, the thin circular cookie is pulled off a hot press. Then, a fortune is placed on one side of the hot, flat dough. Next, each soft, hot cookie is shaped over a steel rod into the shape of a fortune cookie. This process must be done very quickly, otherwise the cookie will harden before it has the right fortune cookie shape. When you are inside the factory, you will be amazed at how quickly the fortune cookies are made. Come experience the fortune cookie factory and taste freshly made fortune cookies."

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The Fisherman's Wife

“An uproarious, modern-day comedy... an excellent balance of intelligent, pointed humor and artful use of Shakespeare.”


“Awfully enjoyable...full of pricelessly bizarre turns of phrase”

—The Idiolect

"A dynamic three-character chamber play, Toil throws baseball, investors, Wikipedia, fortune cookies, hypothetical sex, and real violence into one cauldron, letting them bubble and froth throughout the piece. A surprise twist subverts the expected lull of tragedy, and all is resolved, more or less, in a manner more appropriate to this time and place than Shakespeare's, though not without some grand sound and fury beforehand, signifying both"
- SF Bay Guardian

The Tragedy of Macbeth
(commonly called Macbeth) is a play by William Shakespeare about a regicide and its aftermath. It is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy.

Shakespeare's sources for the tragedy are the accounts of King Macbeth of Scotland, Macduff, and Duncan in Holinshed's Chronicles (1587), a history of England, Scotland and Ireland familiar to Shakespeare and his contemporaries. However, the story of Macbeth as told by Shakespeare bears no relation to real events in Scottish history as Macbeth was an admired and able monarch.

The themes illustrated in the play include ambition, fate, deception and treachery. Three witches  decide to confront the great Scottish general Macbeth on his victorious return from a war between Scotland and Norway. The Scottish king, Duncan, decides that he will confer the title of the traitorous Cawdor on the heroic Macbeth. Macbeth, and another General called Banquo, happen upon the three witches. The witches predict that he will one day become king. He decides that he will murder Duncan. Macbeth's wife agrees to his plan. He then murders Duncan assisted by his wife who smears the blood of Duncan on the daggers of the sleeping guards. A nobleman called Macduff discovers the body. Macbeth kills the guards insisting that their daggers smeared with Duncan's blood are proof that they committed the murder. The crown passes to Macbeth. More murders ensue and the bloodied ghost of Banquo appears to Macbeth. Lady Macbeth's conscience now begins to torture her and she imagines that she can see her hands covered with blood. She commits suicide. Macduff kills Macbeth and becomes king.

In the back-stage world of theatre, some believe that the play is cursed, and will not mention its name aloud, referring to it instead as "The Scottish Play"[1].


Island Nation:


Sports Cliche List

It's a battle. You show up, you train, and you battle. You gotta play hard to win. We wanted it more than they did. You go out there and you conquer. It's a fight to the end. We never give up. the fans give us that momentum. All how you play the game. 
Clear eyes, full hearts, can't loose.

Language of sports forever changed

Fighting Words: 
The War Over Language

by Jon Hooten

Indeed, in our dearth of wartime experience, we have learned to deploy the images of war casually. The words of war were once the moral and emotional defense of the nation, corresponding with the real memories and motivations of an embattled citizenry. As war became less messy and more distant, the language of war invaded the common lexicon of America.

While we have haphazardly sprinkled our language with war’s metaphors, is it possible that we have collectively forgotten how to think clearly about the literal phenomenon? Can the collective linguistic turn from the literal to the metaphorical be without consequence?

In a famous article that appeared just before the first Gulf War, linguist George Lakoff wrote, “It is important to distinguish what is metaphorical from what is not. Pain, dismemberment, death, starvation, and the death and injury of loved ones are not metaphorical.” Acts based on a metaphor will mirror the metaphor. Warring words will become warring deeds. Clearly, the metaphorical war on terrorism might just become a very real attack on Iraq, with real casualties and consequences.

When war is accepted in any form, it can be accepted in all forms. Oscar Wilde wrote in 1891, “As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.” Only when we choose to not invoke the words of war to address social ills will we begin to solve the problems that lead to violence. More often than not, we are our own worse enemy.

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