Picnic on the Battlefield

by  Barbara Wright, Fernando Arrabal

Short Play, Drama  /  5m, 1f

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Picnic on the Battlefield

by  Barbara Wright Fernando Arrabal

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    5m, 1f
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In the war zone a solitary soldier's scared stiff. His parents come in to share a picnic basket with him. A frightened enemy soldier is captured though no one knows what to do with him. There's an air raid - while the parents continue talking. They then devise a way for ending the war - telling the ruling powers the ranks don't like to play at war anymore. It's a marvelously simple solution and would work - except a machine gun suddenly silences them and their idea.

Picnic on the Battlefield is published in the collection Guernica and Other Plays.

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5m, 1f
ZAPO - a soldier
MONSIEUR TEPAN - the soldier's father
MADAME TEPAN - the soldier's mother
ZEPO - an enemy soldier
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Barbara Wright

Barbara Wright

Fernando Arrabal

Fernando Arrabal

First premiered on Théâtre de Lutèce on April 25, 1959.

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