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Skinflints And Scoundrels  (40-Minute Version) - Short Play, Comedy

Skinflints And Scoundrels (40-Minute Version)

Jean Baptiste Moliere, Suzan Zeder

Short Play, Comedy

11m, 5f

ISBN: 9781583422571

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Short Play

Comedy

Zeder has created this 40-minute version of her full-length play with high-school production and competition in mind. This new translation and adaptation of Molière's classic comedy, The Miser, is set in the opulent court of King Louis XIV at the Palace of Versailles. Molière and his renowned troupe of actors are ready to premiere The Misanthropebefore the king and courtiers until Pierre Pomponne, a minor minister of culture, refuses to pay for the evening's entertainment. Molière pulls down the scenery and tosses costume pieces to his company, and a brilliant improvisation is presented as an instruction on the importance of art and the value of the artist. This play within a play presents the story of Harpagon, the greediest of comic villains, as he causes consternation in his family with his parsimonious pursuit of a sweet young thing who is also loved by Harpagon's son. Mayhem abounds with dazzling dandies, tricks and thievery, wise and winsome women, sons and daughters lost at sea and found at last! But at the end of the day and the end of the play, the artist must be paid! Zeder takes us back to a time when this classic play was first conceived—when actors struggled to remember their newly minted lines and bits of business were improvised for the first time. In this raucous telling, she captures the comic power of this cautionary tale of misguided monetary mania and defines the priceless power of the creative artist and the alchemy of theatre. Unit set. Approximate running time: 40 minutes.
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11m, 5f

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Suzan Zeder

Suzan Zeder has been recognized nationally and internationally as one of the leading playwrights for young and family audiences in the United States. Her plays have been produced in all 50 states by professional, university and community theatres. Her work has also been seen in Canada, England, France, Switzerland, Greece, Israel, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Dr. Zeder is a four-time winner ... view full profile

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