The Odds Against Death

by John D. Babcock III & Ted Westby

Set in the 1970s, The Odds Against Death is a two-act farce in which a simple romantic dinner for two becomes an evening during which five people are confronted with deceit, mortality, and deception. Thirty-something Meredith believes she is about to be proposed to by Hunter – her boyfriend of two years – and has prepared a special evening.  Hunter is actually trying to break-up with her at the behest of his new, and younger, girlfriend.  If that weren’t bad enough, Death arrives to claim Hunter, and the two women show the Grim Reaper that life is but a game.

  • Cast Size: 3M 4W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

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About the Playwrights

John D. Babcock III – Originally from Western New York State, John is a playwright, comedy writer, and occasional actor.  John is currently the Head Writer for Sketchworks Comedy and co-founder of the ATL SketchFest.  For four-and-a-half years, John was a contributing writer at Turner Classic Movies – writing scripts for hosts Ben Mankiewicz and the late Robert Osborne.  John wrote a one-man show about filmmaker John Cassavetes titled INDEPENDENT which was performed at Essential Theatre (Atlanta, Ga) in 2017, as well as at Young Harris College (Young Harris, Ga) in 2018.  John adapted Leo Gordon’s 1959 screenplay Attack of the Giant Leeches to the stage and produced it at The Village Theatre (Atlanta, Ga) in February 2020.  John is also a contributing writer at Agatha’s – A Taste of Mystery and The Mystery Café of Indianapolis.  John is a husband and father who drives a sensible car and has no pets.  He is also a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Ted Westby hails from a small Midwestern town and never really grew up.  After somehow managing to finish college he spent nearly twenty years writing and producing on-air content for TV stations around the country.  During those tumultuous last years he foolishly wrote and produced four no-budget Indie short films that to this day have been seen by fewer people than it took to make them.  For the past decade, after abandoning his steady day job and screenwriting aspirations, he has very nearly made a living photographing actors and a few regular people.   He also writes.

Ted refuses to eat beets and still enjoys listening to music on cassettes. 

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