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Overcoat, The - Full Length Play, Comedy

Overcoat, The

Nikolai Gogol, Tom Lanter, Frank S. Torok

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Full Length Play, Comedy

5m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573623882

Adapted by Tom Lanter and Frank S. Torok
A delightful excursion into the mind of Nikolai Gogol as he recreates his famous story. Fun, mime, dance, fantasy, magical dreams, a sympathetic ghost, simple but ingenious scenery - and the appropriately soaring music of Tchaikovsky - all combine to create a superbly funny yet moving theatre piece.

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences

75 Minutes

Time Period - 19th Century

Settings Of Play - The action of the play shifts back and forth between the "real world" of Gogol, writing at his desk, using real props, scenery and furniture and the "imaginative world" of his mind, where (with the exception of four black cubes) all props and scenery and furniture are mimed. Music is an important element to the play. The selected passages for the orchestral works of Tchaikovsky are particularly appropriate for this period.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Mime, No intermission

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

A delightful excursion into the mind of Nikolai Gogol as he recreates his famous story.  Gogol himself is a principal character, spinning his story from nothing but the rags of a tattered old overcoat, which is pitifully unsuited for the rigors of the Saint Petersburg winters. He creats Akaky Akakieviech - a poor, dedicated copy clerk who becomes obsessed with the idea of having a splendid new overcoat - and then the author steps into the story to become the Chief Clerk, Akaky's boss, Petrovich the tailor, and then the Very Important Person who refuses to help the shivering Akaky when the preciouls garment is stolen.  Fun, mime, dance, fantasy, magical dreams, a sympathetic ghost, simple but ingenious scenery - and the appropriately soaring music of Tchaikovsky - all combine to create a superbly funny yet moving theatre piece.

The Overcoat premiered at the Yale School of Drama under the auspices of the Yale Repertory Theatre on May 5, 1973. It was directed by Frank S. Torok.

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CASTING

5m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting, Expandable casting

CASTING NOTES

It is important that all actors in the cast be capable of performing mime.

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

NIKOLAI GOGOL - A energetic writer in his forties.  He dresses conservatively for the romantic styles of the early 1840's: gray trousers, a quiet plalid vest, an off-white shirt with a starched collar, a cravat, a dark frock coat, and black shoes.  He also wears a tattered and torn overcoat.  The actor who is cast as GOGOL must be capable of doing a varity of characterizations. With minimal added costume pieces, he enters his story and also appears:

As the CHIEF CLERK - A conscientious but congenial office director in his mid-thirties.  He is crisp, efficient.  He wears a clerks's visor. 
As GREGORY PETROVICH - the tailor
And as THE VERY IMPORTANT PERSON, THE DOCTOR, and THE PRIEST

AKAKY AKAKIEVICH - A poor copy clerk in his mid-fifties.  His style of dress is similar to that of GOGOL'S, but his clothes show evidence of long wear; he has no frock coat.  He wears GOGOL'S tattered overcoat.  He later wears a magnificent new overcoat which for purposes of the dramatic action is constructed in three sections.

NENA YEGJOROVNA - AKAKY'S landlady.  She is a wise and warm spinster in her late forties.  She wears a simple neat plaid dress and ballet slippers in the style of the period.

OTHER CHARACTERS - A minimum of THREE MEN and TWO WOMEN are necessary to create all the other characters.  All underdress in basic long-sleeved back leotards and overdress in easily removable basic period costumes. Roles include:
IVAN IVANOVICH YEROSHKIN
THE INVISIBLES
CLERKS ONE, TWO, and THREE
THEIFS ONE, TWO, and THREE
AIDES ONE, TWO, and THREE
MOVING SHADOWS
ANNA BASHMACHKIN
MARIA
ARINA SEMENOVNA WHITETUMKIN
AGAFYA

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

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