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Richard Blaine, The Merchant Of Morocco or, If Shakespeare Had Written Casablanca - Short Play, Satire/Political Satire

Richard Blaine, The Merchant Of Morocco or, If Shakespeare Had Written Casablanca

Thomas Hischak

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Short Play, Satire/Political Satire

10m, 3f

ISBN: 9780874408515

The film classic Casablanca gets an Elizabethan treatment in this farce in which the movie is told as if Shakespeare might have written it!

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$8.95
: Twice the Usual Number of Suspects

Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
$75 with companion piece


Description

Short Play

Satire/Political Satire

Farce, Adventure, Adaptations (Shakespeare), Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Period, Parody / Spoof

30 minutes

Time Period - Present Day, 1940s / WWII, 16th Century / Elizabethan

Settings Of Play - Rick's Cafe Americain, Casablanca, 1941

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre

The film classic Casablanca gets an Elizabethan treatment in this farce in which the movie is told as if Shakespeare might have written it! The pseudo-Shakespearean poetry is delightfully silly and the characters are swashbuckling and fun. A comic treat for audiences, even though unfamilar with Casablanca.

Published in Twice the Usual Number of Suspects.

Characters

CASTING

10m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Cross gender casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Multicultural casting

CASTING NOTES

Parts for up to 12 men and 7 women. Doubling possible.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

RICK BLAINE - an American, owner of Rick's Cafe Americain, mysterious, moody, romantic; Humphrey Bogart
CAPT. LOUIS RENAULT - Prefect of Police, French, charming, corrupt but likable, sly; Claude Rains
UGARTE - a small, odd man with an indeterminate European accent; Peter Lorre (can be played by a woman)
FERRARI - corpulent, suave Italian owner of the Blue Carrot cafe; Sydney Greenstreet
VICTOR LASZLO - a handsome freedom fighter, gentlemanly European accent; Paul Henreid
ILSA LUND - a beautiful, exotic woman with an alluring Scandinavian accent; Ingrid Bergman
MAJOR STRASSER - a stern, humorless German officer; Conrad Veidt
SAM - an African-American musician, warm, unassuming; Dooley Wilson
SASHA - an ingratiating Russian bartender
YVONNE - an attractive possessive woman
FOUR OR MORE PATRONS AT RICK'S, GERMAN SOLDIERS, A FRENCH OFFICER

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author

Thomas Hischak

Thomas Hischak is an internationally recognized author and teacher in the Performing Arts. He is the author of thirty-three published plays which are performed in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia. His playwriting awards include the Stanley Drama Award (New York City) for Cold War Comedy and the Julie Harris Playwriting Award (Beverly Hills, California) for The Cardiff Giant ... view full profile

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