Settings Of Play - England, 1784. Trollope Manor, a turnpike, Hardegrsitle Hall, the high seas, Boston Harbor, the Governor's Mansion, Buckman Tavern.
It's Tom Jones meets Monty Python in this rollicking comedy from the authors of Bullshot Crummond, El Grande de Coca Cola and Footlight Frenzy.
The setting is England, 1784. Sir Toby Trollope is to be hanged by King
George III for tax evasion. Toby conspires to save his neck by marrying
his imbecilic son Bartholomew to a rich young woman so that he can live
off her father's wealth. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty! They
meet - and quickly offend - England's richest man, Sir Alex Hardegristle
(who destroys anything he doesn't understand) and his beautiful but
hallucinatory daughter, Fanny. The Hardegristle madness stems from 600
years of inbreeding. In fear of their lives, the Trollopes flee England
on the HMS Bounty. In the ensuing mutiny, they are thrown overboard and
into the middle of the Boston Tea Party. They now meet and are quickly
swindled by John Hancock, a sleazy insurance salesman; Paul Revere, a
fast talking pots and pans vendor hawking his latest invention,
Reverware; and George Washington with his spring loaded wooden teeth.
Events escalate to Lexington Green, where the Trollopes accidently spark
off the American Revolution. But for these buffoons, American might
have remained a peace loving British colony.
"Hilarious." - Variety
"A wacky, hysterical rather than historical farce from those manufacturers of mayhem." - Los Angeles Theatre & Entertainment Review
"A must see laugh riot." - Albany Times
The Scandalous Adventures of Sir Toby Trollope was first presented as a work-in-progress at the University of Southern Maine Summer Theatre, under artistic director Walter Stump, on July 21, 1988. It was direc ted by Stephen Rothman. The play received its World Premiere at the San Diego Repertory Theatre, under producing director Sam Woodhouse and artistic director Douglas Jacobs, on July 26, 1989. It was directed by Stephen Rothman.