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Ubu (Jarry/Richardson) - Full Length Play, Satire/Political Satire

Ubu (Jarry/Richardson)

Helen E. Richardson

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Full Length Play, Satire/Political Satire

8m, 5f

ISBN: MS00000000558

A very loose adaptation of the French absurdist, Alfred Jarry’s infamous UBU Trilogy.

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$19.95
: Spiral-Bound Manuscript

Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Satire/Political Satire

Adaptations (Stage & Screen)

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play -

Petrolandia

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Fantasy Costumes

CAUTIONS

Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

In this contemporary adaptation, Ma and Pa Ubu are in Pertrolandia and during their rise to power they find themselves riding the big waves of fast food gastronomy, and trickledown economics, until all hell breaks loose!

 


Ubu premiered at the George Gershwin Theatre at Brooklyn College in November 2006 under the direction of Helen E. Richardson.

Characters

CASTING

8m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Multicultural casting

CASTING NOTES

The play encourages casting across gender, age, ethnicity, etc.

PA UBU - Aspiring despot. Captain of the King’s RETROGUARDS and confidant to the good KING WALMARTICUS. UBU covets the Crown of Petrolandia and all the fast food he can eat, which is quite a bit.
MA UBU - Wife to PA UBU, aspirant to power and wealth, ruthless, flirtatious, and the cleverer UBU.
CONSCIENCE - PA UBU’S better half, who he carries around in a trunk that is rarely opened.
CAPTAIN MACNURE - Conspirator with PA and MA UBU, advisor to PA UBU. Object of MA UBU’s desire and ultimately a turncoat, for various good reasons.
KING WALMARTICUS - The not so wise King of Petrolandia.
QUEEN - Wife of WALMARTICUS, besieged by omens.
BOOGERLESS - Prince and rightful heir to the throne of Petrolandia. Earnest; an aspiring hero in quest of justice, but will he find it? Apparently, it’s all in the searching.
W.C. LATRINE a.k.a PISSALE - A television “star,” obsessed with the body, with his own fame, and his “ward” ELEUTHERIA.
ELEUTHERIA - Niece and ward of W.C. Latrine whose parents died in a mysterious accident, in love with CORPORAL PISSOFF and an aspiring hip-hop ballerina.
CORPORAL PISSOFF a.k.a THE EARL OF PINOT GRITIO - In love with ELEUTHRIA and head of a Squad of FREEMEN AVOCADO PIT SOLDIERS. 
JUDGE BETTY - Presiding no-nonsense Judge in the UBU trial, focused on her lunch hour and, secondly, the after-work Happy Hour. 
UBU ROY II - Machiavellian long lost brother of PA UBU. 
Other characters include: NEWSCASTERS, SOLDIERS, JURY, ATTONREYS, STAFF, CHORUS, CONVICTS, CROWD, CAMERA PERSONS, GUARDS.

Author

Helen E. Richardson

Helen E. Richardson received her training from Ariane Mnouchkine and the Théâtre du Soleil and Peter Brook and Sotigui Kouyaté of the Peter Brook Company. She served as Artistic Director of the Stalhouderij Theatre Company, Amsterdam's English-language theater, an international ensemble of actors creating new works. Her production of A Midsummer Night's Dream was listed among the best ... view full profile

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