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Ballad of Soapy Smith, The - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Ballad of Soapy Smith, The

Michael Weller

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

24m, 9f

ISBN: 9780573619700

"Michael Weller deserves praise for a play with contemporary relevance, daring to accost a large canvas. The protagonist is a complex and absorbing creation. I left the theatre, for once, thinking rather than trying to forget." 

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Adventure, Biography, Fables/Folktales

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Wild West, 19th Century

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Col. Jefferson Randolph Smith, known as "Soapy" to friends and foes, is a notorious con man whose reputation has, alas, preceded him to the Alaska Gold Rush town of Skagway in 1897. Still, this charming gentleman starts a protection racket that brings law and order, a church, and an infirmary to the town. Soapy, the criminal, becomes a force for moral good until the town's hypocrisy and vicious self-interest bring him down.  He falls, a victim of the cardinal sin of believing in his own con.
"Michael Weller deserves praise for a historical play with contemporary relevance, daring to accost a large canvas. The protagonist is a complex and absorbing creation. I left the theatre, for once, thinking rather than trying to forget." - New York Magazine

"A rousing epic." - The Associated Press

The Ballad of Soapy Smith was first presented at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, in Seattle, Washington, in 1983.  The production was directed by Robert Egan.
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CASTING

24m, 9f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

With proper doubling, this play can be (and has been) performed with a cast of 22.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Song Samples

Michael Weller's interview for Dave's Gone By

Author

Michael Weller

Michael Weller studied music composition at Brandeis University, then worked as a jazz pianist before taking his graduate degree in theater at the University of Manchester, England. His best-known plays are Moonchildren, Fishing, Loose Ends and Spoils Of War. His films include Hair and Ragtime and a teleplay of Spoils of War. He co-founded (with Angelina Fiordelissi and Suzanne Brinkley) and ... view full profile

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