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Romance Language - Full Length Play, Comedy

Romance Language

Peter Parnell

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Full Length Play, Comedy

10m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573619892

"Demonstrates Parnell's antic humors and his perverse wit. Also his imagination." - New York Post

"A smashingly funny, bravura piece of theatre." - Women's Wear Daily

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Adaptations (Literature), Period

Time Period - Wild West, American Civil War Era, 19th Century

Settings Of Play - Various locations occupied by the writers in the play. 1876

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

The author of Sorrows of Stephen turns a modern eye on the romance of American nineteenth century literature in this surreal comedy. The play begins with Huck Finn climbing through Walt Whitman's bedroom window. Since Whitman's male lover has just died, he decides to go on a picaresque journey with Huck down the river of American culture. They encounter Custer, Thoreau, Emerson, Louisa May Alcott, Charlotte Cushman and Emily Dickinson. The craziness reaches a climax at the Battle of the Little Big Horn where everyone is killed and goes to literary heaven.

REVIEWS

"Demonstrates Parnell's antic humors and his perverse wit. Also his imagination. " - New York Post

"A smashingly funny, bravura piece of theatre." - Women's Wear Daily


Romance Language premiered at Playwrights Horizons in New York City in November 1984 under the direction of Sheldon Larry.

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CASTING

10m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Room for Extras

WALT WHITMAN
HUCKLEBERRY FINN
DAN'L / LT. VARNUM
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
KOOLOO / RAINCLOUD
ALCOTT / LONESOME CHARLEY
CHARLOTTE CUSHMAN
EMMA STEBBINS / ELLEN EMERSON / DANCEHALL GIRL
TOMMY / MME. NASH
AUTIE REED
EMILY DICKINSON
RALPH WALDO EMERSON / MITCH BOUYER
HENRY DAVID THOREAU / GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER
TOM SAWYER
BLOODY KNIFE
TOWNSPEOPLE / CAVALRY / COWBOYS / SALOON PATRONS / AMERICAN INDIANS
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