Full Length Play
More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
Settings Of Play - The mythical kingdom of Yahoo.
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Yahoo faces a crisis: the nation’s poor, led by the noble Sickle League, are in danger of overthrowing the rule of the rich landlords. The “Big Five”, the nation’s behind-the-scenes manipulators, conclude that the incompetent Viceroy must be replaced, at least temporarily, by a political turnaround artist, Governor Iberin. Iberin’s strategy: to distract the poor from their grievances by inciting them to an internecine war between the Zaks – folks with round heads – and the minority Ziks, who have pointy heads. When a peasant farmer seeks relief from the oppressive rent his landlord – who happens to be one of the big five – charges, his cause seems hopeless. But Governor Iberin has a different angle: the landlord, a Zik, admittedly had sex with the Zak farmer’s daughter, who is now a prostitute. Iberin denounces the Zikish landlord for despoiling the Zakish maiden and ruining her life, and sentences him to death. The farmer doesn’t give a hoot about his daughter’s sex life – her career choice seems fine to him – but he likes the death sentence part, and becomes a big fan of the Governor rather than joining his natural allies, the Sickle League. - DC Theatre Scene
"Inspired by Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, Roundheads and Peakheads was a scathing indictment of the Nazis’ fueling of racial hatred to promote their agenda. The mythical kingdom of Yahoo is experiencing an economic meltdown...and the country’s leaders decide to quell a potential uprising of the lower class by the exploiting the enmity between two ethnic groups: the rich peakheads and the poor roundheads." - The Examiner
An epic parable play written by the German dramatist Bertolt Brecht, in collaboration with Margarete Steffin, Emil Burri, Elisabeth Hauptmann, and the composer Hanns Eisler. The play's subtitle is Money Calls to Money and its authors describe it as "a tale of horror." The play is composed of 11 scenes in prose and blank verse and 13 songs. Unlike another of Brecht's plays from this period, The Mother, Roundheads and Peakheads was addressed to a wide audience, Brecht suggested, and took account of "purely entertainment considerations." Brecht's notes on the play, written in 1936, contain the earliest theoretical application of his "defamiliarization" principle to his own "non-Aristotelian" drama.