loading

1-866-598-8449

Customer Service available Mon - Fri 9am to 9pm EST Sat & Sun 1pm to 8pm EST

Frugal Repast, The - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Frugal Repast, The

Ron Hirsen

Customer Rating: starstarstarstarstar (Rate this!)

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

4m, 4f, 1boy(s)

ISBN: 9780573650888

It is 1913 in Paris, where renowned art dealer Ambroise Vollard has just published The Frugal Repast, an edition of etchings by Pablo Picasso, the rising young star of the Paris art world. The art dealer entertains his dinner guests Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and Guillaume Apollinaire, along with Picasso, and they engage in lively and urbane repartee. The two impoverished circus performers depicted in The Frugal Repast see the etching on display in the window of Vollard's gallery and determine to steal it for ransom.

More Information Below:

Description | Characters | Rental Materials | Author | Reviews
$8.95
: Acting Edition
$17.95
: Large Print
$19.95
: Stage Manager
$9.99
ePlay

Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - 1910s / WWI

Settings Of Play -

The gallery of Ambroise Vollard in Paris, 1913.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission, Physical Comedy

Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TAGS

Art

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

It is 1913 in Paris, where renowned art dealer Ambroise Vollard has just published The Frugal Repast, an edition of etchings by Pablo Picasso, the rising young star of the Paris art world. The art dealer entertains his dinner guests Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and Guillaume Apollinaire, along with Picasso, and they engage in lively and urbane repartee. The two impoverished circus performers depicted in The Frugal Repast see the etching on display in the window of Vollard's gallery and determine to steal it for ransom. If the artist can make money from stealing their faces, they say, then they can make money by stealing his print. The circus acrobats cleverly use their aerial skills to perform a stunning theft of the print, leaving in its place a ransom note asking for a thousand francs. Vollard, merely amused by the theft, replaces the stolen print with another one from the same edition. The ransom note, the duplicate prints, a mysterious invitation, and a delicious chicken curry all provoke both laughter and thought as the haves and have-nots wrestle over the value of art—and of life itself.

 

"Hirsen has a refreshing surprise in store: a lovely, compact tale that is thoughtful without being show-offy, stimulating without being heavy-handed... Mr. Hirsen nicely brings highbrow art types and lowbrow circus folk together and makes some nice points about the value of art, the ownership of art and the contrast between genius and nobility... But he doesn't beat these ideas to death... He knows the difference between just enough and too much... the savvy humor in the script comes through and he leaves it to the audience to draw the moral." - The New York Times

"A humorous but poignant script that provides insight into the world of art and class structure. Appropriate use of comedy creates hilarious situations without diminishing the message... fresh comedy with meaning." - Show Business Weekly

"Delightfully amusing yet poignant." - Curtain Up

The Frugal Repast was developed at the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. The play was originally produced Off-Broadway by The Abingdon Theatre Company in New York City, under artistic directors Jan Buttram and Pamela Paul  and managing directorSamuel J. Bellinger on January 26, 2007. It was directed by Joe Grifasi.

Characters

CASTING

4m, 4f, 1boy(s)

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Roles for Children

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

MAN
WOMAN
BOY
AMBROISE VOLLARD
GUILLAUME APOLLINAIRE
GERTRUDE STEIN
ALICE B. TOKLAS
PABLO PICASSO
PICASSO'S COMPANIONS, all played by a single actress

Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author

Ron Hirsen

Ron Hirsen, a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, has worked professionally in Chicago as both director and actor, appearing in productions at Wisdom Bridge, Court Theatre, and Northlight Theatre.  His early plays had readings at Wisdom Bridge and the Goodman Theatre.  Elegy had readings at the Jewish Repertory Theatre in New York, before receiving its premiere production at the Walnut ... view full profile

Now Playing
Loading
Producer
City
State
Opening
Closing
Reviews
Ron Hirsen [W] 2/19/2013 3:02 PM
Charming, very playable, thoughtful play

You May Also Like

See all

Customers Also Bought