Full Length Play
Period, Parody / Spoof
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
Adult, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
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 Voice, Read More Here
“The Coward has a smart aleck sensibility with a touch of vaudevillian gore. Playwright Nick Jones shows great promise.” - New York Post, Read More Here
“Stylish, Witty and Clever.” - Variety, Read 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.