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Twice the Usual Number of Suspects - Collection / Anthology, Comedy

Twice the Usual Number of Suspects

Thomas Hischak

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Collection / Anthology, Comedy

12m, 10f

ISBN: 9780874408515

A Farce in Two Playlets: Richard Blaine, The Merchant Of Morocco or, If Shakespeare Had Written Casablanca and Cocoanut Soup At The Palace or, If the Marx Brothers Had Performed "Oedipus The King." Wonderful for high schools. A great way to introduce Shakespeare and Greek Tragedy.

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$8.95
: Acting Edition
$17.95
: Large Print
$19.95
: Stage Manager

Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
$75 with other plays in collection


Description

Collection / Anthology

Comedy

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

105 Minutes

Time Period - Present Day, 1940s / WWII, 16th Century / Elizabethan, Greek; Roman & Biblical

Settings Of Play -

Richard Blaine, The Merchant of Morocco or, If Shakespeare Had Written Casablanca:Rick's Cafe Americain, Casablanca, 1941

Cocoanut Soup At the Palace or, If the Marx Brothers Had Performed Oedipus the King:Ancient Greece, a vaudeville stage, a modern theatre, whatever

FEATURES / CONTAINS

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, Youth/Camp Programs

A movie double bill for the theatre! Two classics are given a delightful twist in this evening of farce with a large and flexible cast. Shakespeare, Sophocles, Humphrey Bogart, and the Marx Brothers all collide in this daffy entertainment. Each play can also be produced on its own, making a one-act comedy ideal for contest use.

Collection includes:
Richard Blaine, The Merchant Of Morocco or, If Shakespeare Had Written Casablanca
and Cocoanut Soup At The Palace or, If the Marx Brothers Had Performed "Oedipus The King"

Characters

CASTING

12m, 10f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Multicultural casting, Room for Extras

CASTING NOTES

Parts for up to 20 men and 17 women.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

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

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

Cocoanut Soup At the Palace
or, If the Marx Brothers Had Performed Oedipus the King

THE CHORUS LEADER - as played by Margaret Dumont
KING OEDIPUS - as played by Groucho
CREON - as played by Chico
TIRESIAS THE SOOTHSAYER - as played by Harpo
QUEEN JOCASTA
A COURTIER
A MESSENGER - as played by Zeppo
A SHEPHERD - as played by Chico
A CHORUS OF THREE OR MORE

Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

TIRESIAS, UGARTE, and the CHORUS MEMBERS may be either male or female.
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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