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Coward, The - Full Length Play, Comedy

Coward, The

Nick Jones

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Full Length Play, Comedy

7m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573701474

A cowardly young gentleman named Lucidus initiates a pistol duel then finds that he can’t go through with it. He hires a common criminal to fight in his place, only to have the scoundrel make a bloody mess of things.


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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Period, Parody / Spoof

90 minutes

Time Period - 18th Century

Settings Of Play - England, 1790. Sort of.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat

Cutting Approved for Competition, Scene work, Competition or audition material

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Gun Shots

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Nominee! Four 2011 Lucille Lortel Awards, including Outstanding Play
A period comedy set in 18th century England. A cowardly young gentleman named Lucidus initiates a pistol duel then finds that he can’t go through with it. He hires a common criminal to fight in his place, only to have the scoundrel make a bloody mess of things. As duel follows duel with many shots fired, this coward finds his reputation growing beyond his wildest expectations.

“A deadly funny comedy!…Nick Jones is a natural born writer of lean, witty jokes with a keen ear for bombast punctuated with waggish anachronism. Sam Gold coaxes solid performances from everyone in this handsome and skillful production.” - Time Out New York, Read More Here

The Coward is ridiculous in the best possible way. Mr. Jones spoof of English period dramas is funny and Mr. Gold and the cast render its comedy captivating.” - New York Observer

“A perfectly structured comedy…hilarious and sly and witty.” - Village VoiceRead More Here

The Coward has a smart aleck sensibility with a touch of vaudevillian gore. Playwright Nick Jones shows great promise.” - New York PostRead More Here

“Stylish, Witty and Clever.” - VarietyRead More Here

The Coward was first presented Off Broadway by Lincoln Center/LCT3 at the Duke Theatre in New York City on November 22, 2010. It was directed by Sam Gold.
Characters

CASTING

7m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

Old Man, Friedmont the Butler, Egbert the Bartender, and Derek Lanley may be played by one actor. The Earl of Dorchester, Finn and The King’s Messenger may be played by one actor.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

LUCIDUS CULLING - a rather delicate young noblemen of 20.
FATHER, or, NATHANIEL CULLING - 40s.
HENRY BLAINE - Rake, scamp, duelist. 30s.
GAVIN KLAFF - a friend of Lucidus, 20s.
ROBERT BLITHE - a friend of Lucidus, 20s.
FINN - a friend of Henry Blaine’s, 30s-40s
ISABELLE DUPREE - a fine girl of 18, from royal stock.
THE EARL OF DORCHESTER - 40s.
SIR DEREK LANLEY - the Earl’s friend and second.
OLD MAN - the father of the Earl. 50s-70s.
FRIEDMONT THE BUTLER
EGBERT THE BARTENDER
KING’S MESSENGER
Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Nick Jones

Nick Jones

Nick Jones  is originally from Anchorage, Alaska. His plays include: The Coward (Lincoln Center/LCT3; 4 Lortel Nominations) Jollyship the Whiz-Bang (Ars Nova, The Public), The Wundelsteipen (the Flea) The Sporting Life (Studio 42), and The Nosemaker’s Apprentice (with Rachel Shukert). His puppet horror musical Homunculus is in ... view full profile

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Reviews
John Qualters 12/17/2013 12:21 PM
Lots of fun, plus a satirical look at the manners of 18th century British gentlemanly behavior!
Josh Rutner 9/26/2013 11:17 AM

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