Time Period - Medieval (6th-14th c.)
Settings Of Play - The interior of a small cottage in Merry Old England; a mild spring evening in April, 13th Century, A.D.
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Here is a farcical bit of business based on an old English ballad. The entire play has the feel of an old time movie and will leave the audience breathless with belly-laughs. The setting is Merrie Olde England during the 13th century. Lenore, the peasant housewife and John, her shepherd husband, have a disagreement over who should shut and bar the door. The argument grows to ridiculous proportions and ends in a challenge to silence. Both agree to remain mute until one surrenders and agrees to shut the door. During the silence they are threatened by robbers and scolded by a princess who is lost in the wood while searching for her Prince Arthur. The climax of the play is a wild and furious chase about the room with the cast running in every direction.
Shut and Bar the Door was originally presented by Thespian Troupe 451 of Findlay, Ohio at the Northwestern Ohio Thespian Conference. The play was directed by Jim Toth.