10 Minute Play
Time Period - Present Day
Settings Of Play - The pavement of a city street, in front of a gray concrete wall plastered with poster-photographs of a military dictator.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Scene work, Competition or audition material
Exterior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
In a dictatorship, a condemned clerk asks a student the way to the Municipal Abattoir. The student tells him to save himself but the clerk can’t because he’s been a Municipal Employee too long to disobey. The student changes tack and orders the clerk to shoot the general as his motorcade passes by. But the clerk is too cowed and asks the audience the way to the abattoir.
Part of the collection Mister Paradise and Other One Act Plays
The Municipal Abattoir was first presented by the Shakespeare Theatre at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. on April 22, 2004. It was directed by Michael Kahn.