The Vegetable; or, From President to Postman

F. Scott FITZGERALD (1896 - 1940)

” “Any man who doesn’t want to get on in the world, to make a million dollars, and maybe even park his toothbrush in the White House, hasn’t got as much to him as a good dog has—he’s nothing more or less than a vegetable.”

Such is the preface of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s only outing as a playwright. The action begins when 35-year-old railway clerk Jerry Frost gets drunk off a bootlegger’s potent hooch on the eve of Warren G. Harding’s presidential nomination. As a result, the second act takes place entirely within Jerry’s intoxicated fantasies, where he has become the new U.S. President and must deal with an assortment of colorful characters and situations. It is here where comic farce and political satire come to intriguing blows, as Fitzgerald finds opportunities to comment (discreetly or not) on the political climate of his day. When his pseudo-presidency goes all to pieces, Jerry’s fantasy comes crashing down, and as he comes to his senses in the third act, we find that his career aspirations have become decidedly less lofty.

Though decidedly a minor work from The Great Gatsby’s author, The Vegetable finds him skewering the American Dream’s ethos in ways he would never do again. It’s lighthearted, naughty, irreverent, and does just the trick to escape—even if briefly—from our turbulent times. - Summary by Tomas Peter

Cast List
Jerry Frost: Tomas Peter
Charlotte Frost: Bhavya
Horatio "Dada" Frost: Josh Kibbey
Doris: Foon
Joseph Fish: Chuck Williamson
Mr. Snooks: Son of the Exiles
Mr. Jones: TJ Burns
General Pushing: ToddHW
Chief Justice Fossile: Phil Schempf
The Detective: Sonia
Mr. Stutz-Mozart: Beth Thomas
Newsboy / First Senator: Leanne Yau
Second Senator: Stefan Von Blon
Third Senator: Campbell Schelp

Narrator: Devorah Allen
Editors: Linny and Tomas Peter

Genre(s): Comedy, Satire

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Act 1 Group 01:06:49
Play 02 Act 2 Group 01:12:52
Play 03 Act 3 Group 00:37:50