The Wedding Story

Synopsis: The Wedding Story” is a play told by a storyteller, bride, and groom. The storyteller is reading a story out of a book to an audience of children. Wanting to tell them a happy love story keeps being interrupted by the bride and groom. They keep correcting him on how the story really goes until he gets fed up. Angry, he tells a horrified comical version of their love story that does not have a happy ending.


by Julianne Homokay


STORYTELLER, a storyteller. A soothing presence. Male or female, doesn't matter, as long as hugs are inspired.

BRIDE, the "perfect" bride.

GROOM, the "perfect" groom.


A land where grass is always green, the sun is always shining, and fences are always white picket.


A sunny day in sunny June, the height of the perfect wedding season. In Vermont.

[Lights up on the STORYTELLER reading from a leather-bound volume with gilded pages.]

(closing the volume) The End. Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite. What? You want to hear another one? But it’s a school night. Okay, okay, just this once. I’m such a pushover. What type of story shall we hear? (ad lib. if the audience yells out suggestions) How about a fairy tale for our times? A field of dreams fenced in by white picket, a story of the young man and woman we all hope to be someday? Too bad, that’s what you’re getting.

(The STORYTELLER opens the volume back up. Lights up on BRIDE and GROOM in traditional garb standing on top of a wedding cake.)

Once upon a time there was a young woman, pretty as a day in June.

(The BRIDE does the royal wave.)

A young man stood by her side, smart as a whip and handsome as a polo horse.

(The GROOM salutes.)

They met in high school and fell in love on a merry day in May.

(The BRIDE and GROOM whisper to each other.)

Before long, the young man dropped to his knee, pulled a diamond from his pocket, and won the young woman’s hand in marriage.

Uh, excuse us, Mr. Storyteller?

(The STORYTELLER looks back at them, confused. The BRIDE and GROOM smile and wave. The STORYTELLER waves back.)

Moving right along. With the blessings of their compatible—

Mr. Storyteller!

Excuse me a moment. (to BRIDE) Yes, what is it?

We didn’t exactly meet in high school.

Yes you did, it says so right here.

We met in a bar.

And we dated on and off for five years while she experimented with foreigners.

How nice. Well. For our purposes, let’s say you met in high school, shall we? (back to the kids) So. With the blessings of their compatible families, the young man and woman were to be Bride and Groom.

(to GROOM) Wait a minute. As I recall, you kept breaking it off.


Yeah. Then you’d want me back the minute I had a new boyfriend.

You certainly didn’t waste any time running into the arms of the first guy who had an accent.

(to BRIDE and GROOM) Sssssh. Let’s don’t argue in front of the impressionable youngsters. (to children) The bride soon set in on the wedding preparations.

(to GROOM) I never realized you were a racist.

I’m not, I was fine with the fact you’d slept with black men.

You’re assuming that “racism” automatically refers to African-Americans. Isn’t that a form of racism itself?

Excuse me, ma’am, sir, firmie those bouches so I can return to the story thank you.

By all means. Don’t let anything silly like our issues get in your way.

Look, will you play along? The children will have ample opportunity to be disillusioned later, let’s just have a nice bedtime story, okay? Okay. (to the children) AS I WAS SAYING, the preparations. They were to be married in a beautiful church—

(under his breath) Drive-thru chapel in Vegas.

--followed by an elegant reception at an old inn in Vermont .

(under her breath) Back room at the Star Dust Lounge.

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Julianne Homokay

Julianne began her career as a musical theatre performer following a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Point Park University. After a year in the Pittsburgh cast of NUNSENSE, many silly theme park shows, dinner theatre gigs too scary to mention and a stint in a hen suit, Julianne turned her focus to writing, eventually completing an MFA at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, studying under John O'Keefe, Julie Jensen, and the late, beloved Davey Marlin-Jones. Julianne has performed at such theatres as Mill Mountain in Roanoke, VA, the Fulton in Lancaster, PA, and here in town at SkyPilot Theatre and the Secret Rose. As a playwright, the theatres she has been read or produced at include Venus Theatre (Laurel, MD,) Mill Mountain, the Fulton, American Theatre of Actors (New York,) the Blank (Los Angeles,) the William Inge Center for the Arts, Ensemble Studio Theatre (New York,) the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, SkyPilot Theatre, the Secret Rose and Whitefire Theatre (Sherman Oaks). She has directed and/or produced several original plays, and has served as a literary manager, dramaturg and theatre professor. Currently, she is an Arts Minister at the Parish Church of St. Mark, works on THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON, and is enrolled in the Fundraising and Institutional Development program at UCLA. She is an Active Member of the Dramatists Guild of America, and represented by the Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency in New York. more…

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Submitted on June 12, 2016

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