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Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
60 minutes (1 hour)
Settings Of Play - A "theatre" seen from the side. A platform beneath rubber trees. We can see both behind and in front of the curtain.
Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music
Exterior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set
Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Outdoor, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Subtitled, "Or, the provability of every contention," The Elephant Calf features the characters of Man Equals Man putting on a play for an audience of fellow soldiers. In their play, an elephant calf is accused of killing his own mother, and a banana tree is determined to prove his guilt in a trial moderated by the Moon as judge.
Brecht draws upon the modern resources of comedy, the style of the music hall, the technique of film, and absurdity raised to an art - gives theatre its new Brechtian image and dimension that has loomed so large on the modern stage.
Published in The Jewish Wife & Other Short Plays.
All Male, Non-Traditional casting, Expandable casting
Eric Bentley was born in England in 1916, became an American citizen in 1948, in 1998 was inducted into the (American) Theatre Hall of Fame, and in 2011 won a gold medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Scholar, critic, teacher, performer, translator and, finally, playwright , he has had many books published and many plays and adaptations performed, the latter feature making him a ... view full profile
Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), playwright, poet and director, was born in Augsburg, Germany in February 1898. He established himself as a playwright during the 1920s and early 1930s with plays such as Baal, Man is Man, The Threepenny Opera, and The Mother. In 1933, as Hitler came to power in Germany, Mr. Brecht fled to Scandinavia before eventually settling in the USA where he remained until 1947. ... view full profile
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