Farce, Parody / Spoof
Time Period - 19th Century
Settings Of Play - A lawyer's office in New Orleans, 1869
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Local Celebrity Cameo, No intermission
Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Period Costumes
No Special Cautions
Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior, Children (Age 6 - 10), Teen (Age 14 - 18)
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
In New Orleans in 1869, M'su Cahusac, a charlatan of a lawyer, preys on
vulnerable women, convincing each one that she is a legitimate
descendant of the long-lost Dauphin, who fled Paris for New Orleans at
the age of 10 during the French Revolution. Therefore, he tells each
victim, she is the rightful Queen of France. Tantalized by visions of
wealth, palaces and power, each victim responds in her own fashion to
this preposterous revelation, which the lawyer claims is supported by
the Historical Society of Paris.
"Queens of France has so rich and gay a theme, and is done with such a superbly delicate, light touch as to make it sheer delight to any reader. " -Fanny Butcher, Chicago Daily Tribune, November 13, 1931
"The pride that goes before the fall. A play that will have the pattern of Queens of France. A 'victim' of a practical joke seen-in four successive persons-in four stages of his delusion." -Thornton Wilder, Journal note on new ideas for plays, May 16, 1960.
The first licensed production of Queens of France was given March 9, 1932, at the Hill School in Pottsdown, Pennsylvania, and at the Miss Masters' School (Wilder's mother's alma mater), Dobbs Ferry, New York.