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
No Special Cautions
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
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.