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Barbarians Are Coming, The - Short Play, Satire/Political Satire

Barbarians Are Coming, The

Luigi Jannuzzi

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Short Play, Satire/Political Satire

3m

ISBN: 9780573642319

An excellent competition piece with Monty Python humor and a terrific message at the end. Two feudal lords trying to decide what type of tea to drink are interrupted by a serf who is hysterically babbling about barbarians laying siege to the castle. As the battle draws nearer, the serf grows more frenzied and the lords converse on women and boulder heavers. When the barbarians arrive, will raw muscle rule over culture and etiquette?

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Description

Short Play

Satire/Political Satire

Farce, Fantasy

10 minutes

Settings Of Play - Two chairs and a small screen with a door on bare stage. An afternoon in Medieval Europe. The tea room of the castle.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Local Celebrity Cameo, No intermission, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat

Scene work, Competition or audition material

Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, Community Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Winner! Goshen Peace Prize
Finalist! Samuel French Off Broadway Short Play Festival

"I wonder what Barbarians talk about?," said one Medieval Lord to the other. "I don't know," said the other back, as two hungry peasants peered in the window plotting to steal a biscuit for their families...

A Monty Python-like play with a terrific message. Two feudal lords trying to decide what type of tea to drink are interrupted by a serf who is hysterically babbling about barbarians laying siege to the castle. As the battle draws nearer, the serf grows more frenzied and the lords converse on women and boulder heavers. When the barbarians arrive, will raw muscle rule over culture and etiquette? Hysterical moments and hilarious revelations climax in a powerful statement on who the barbarians are among us.

"Incredibly enjoyable piece to direct. Between the Monty Pythonesque silliness of the script and the zany nature of the dialogue, we had a lot of fun. What makes this one act so great is its ability to be outrageously humorous and yet leave audience members with an unexpected poignancy." - Goshen College
The Barbarians Are Coming was first presented at the Double Image Theatre in New York City on May 22, 1983. It was produced by Helen Warren Mayer and directed by the author.
Characters

CASTING

3m

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Cross gender casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Features Teens, Flexible casting, Local Celebrity Cameo, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

Feel free to change genders. This comedy works well with an all female, all male, or mixed cast. Be Creative! The parts of SERF 12 and BARBARIAN also may be played by the same performer.

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

GODFREE - Medieval Lord
SIDNEY - Medieval Lord
SERF 12
BARBARIAN
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Luigi Jannuzzi

Luigi Jannuzzi

Luigi Jannuzzi is an award-winning playwright of one-act theater pieces as well as full-length plays, who combines romantic/absurdist comedy with serious themes of love, truth, and the need to rise above it all. His one-act plays, such as A Bench at the Edge and The Barbarians Are Coming, are both winners of the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Play Festival, provide staple fare for college ... view full profile

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Reviews
Jeremy Heynen 10/23/2015 1:58 AM
I had the pleasure of playing Godfree in The Barbarians Are Coming in 1999 and it would be the last play I would perform before graduating High School. It was some of the most fun I had ever had on-stage up until that point. The director and us three actors were all big fans of British comedy but I remember not being sure whether audiences' in our small town would find it as funny as we did. During the performances there was laughter pretty much non-stop. When we performed it during the evening for adults, people were laughing so hard they had trouble catching their breath in-between. My mom, who has always been my harshest critic, said she was afraid my Grandpa, who was born and raised in England, was going to have a heart-attack he was laughing so hard. A great comedy that is equally as fun for those on and off stage.

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