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PIGmalion - Full Length Play, Comedy

PIGmalion

Mark Dunn

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Full Length Play, Comedy

9m, 8f

ISBN: 9780573698040

Inspired by Pygmalion, Shaw's classic drawing room tale of language and class division, PIGmalion tells the story of one Eliza Doolittle—the daughter of a hardscrabble Mississippi pig farmer—who sells homemade pork rinds at the Tri-Counties and Livestock Show, and dreams of someday working as a waitress at “one of those nice downtown barbecue restaurants where all the tourists go.”

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Romantic Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - The play takes place in the fall of this year in various locations within the fictional southern city of Shawsville, Mississippi.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol

TARGET AUDIENCE

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

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

Inspired by Pygmalion, Shaw’s classic drawing room tale of language and class division, and its musical incarnation, My Fair Lady, the play tells the story of one Eliza Doolittle—the daughter of a hardscrabble Mississippi pig farmer — who sells homemade pork rinds at the Tri-Counties Fair and Livestock Show, and dreams of someday working as a waitress at “one of those nice downtown barbecue restaurants where all the tourists go.” With the support of her best friend, a sassy Transgender firecracker named Miss Tiffany Box, patroness Ida Hill and her daughter Clara; and with Ida’s instantly enamored son Freddy nipping romantically at Eliza’s heels, Delta-drawlin’ Eliza engages the services of a “Kudzu-league” college prof named Henry Higgins to take the country out of her speech and give her some semblance of class. Devotees of Shaw’s original will delight in the transplantation of Eliza and Professor Higgins and his colleague Pickering to the American South. But this gentle, warm-hearted comedy gives us something else as well, a question for which everyone in the play must find the answer: how do we reconcile the way we present ourselves on the outside with who we truly are on the inside?
PIGmalionwas commissioned by the Community Theatre League in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, as part of the author's long association with this theatre. It premiered on October 17, 2008, directed by Tom Ryersbach.
Characters

CASTING

9m, 8f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Drag performance, Expandable casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

There are four roles in the play that offer doubling possibilities as noted in the script. Additionally, since several of the scenes take place in public spaces (fairgrounds, various restaurants, a bar) there are also possibilities for augmenting the cast with ensemble roles.

FAIRGOERS – A YOUNG MAN* and YOUNG WOMAN,* AN OLDER MAN* and OLDER WOMAN*
FREDDY HILL – a young man in his twenties
CLARA HILL – a young woman in her twenties, Freddy’s sister
IDA HILL – Freddy and Clara’s mother
HENRY HIGGINS – a college professor in his late forties
CAL PICKERING – also a college professor in his late forties, and Henry’s colleague and friend
ELIZA DOOLITTLE – a pig farmer’s daughter in her twenties
TIFFANY BOX – a drag queen of indeterminate age, and Eliza’s best friend
OPAL* – Ida Hill’s maid
VICKI HILL – Ida Hill’s third child; like her siblings, also in her twenties
A RESTAURANT HOSTESS*
A WAITER*
CHAD* – a different waiter and former student of Cal Pickering
GERALD* – a bartender and pool-boy
*Double-casting possibilities
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Mark Dunn

Mark Dunn

Mark Dunn is the author of over thirty full-length plays, with two of his one-acts and eleven of his full-lengths published in acting edition by Samuel French, Inc. His award-winning plays BELLES, FIVE TELLERS DANCING IN THE RAIN, NORTH FORK: A TEXAS TRAGICOMEDY and A DELIGHTFUL QUARANTINE have together been produced nearly 300 times throughout the world. Dunn writes largely for the amateur ... view full profile

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