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Queens of France - Short Play, Comedy

Queens of France

Thornton Wilder

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Short Play, Comedy

1m, 3f, 2m or f

ISBN: 9780573624322

"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." - Chicago Daily Tribune

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Minimum Fee: $45 / performance
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$100 / performance of 4 or more plays


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Description

Short Play

Comedy

Farce, Parody / Spoof

30 minutes

Time Period - 19th Century

Settings Of Play - A lawyer's office in New Orleans, 1869

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Local Celebrity Cameo, No intermission

Interior Set

Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior, Children (Age 6 - 10), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

From Off-Broadway

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.

REVIEWS

"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.

Characters

CASTING

1m, 3f, 2m or f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Local Celebrity Cameo, Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors

CASTING NOTES

Two extras - a boy and an old woman

MARIE–SIDONIE CRESSAUX - an attractive young woman
M’SU CAHUSAC - a lawyer
MADAME PUGEO - a plump little bourgeois
MAMSELLE POINTEVIN - a spinster
Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975), born in Madison, Wisconsin, and educated at Yale and Princeton, was an accomplished novelist and playwright whose works explore the connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of human experience. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of his seven novels, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928, and his next-to-last novel, The Eighth Day received the National Book ... view full profile

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Rob Zienta 12/18/2013 2:00 PM
Clever and witty. Definitely, worth consideration. Great supplement for an English class. Fun.

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