Picnic on the Battlefield
by Barbara Wright, Fernando Arrabal
Short Play, Drama / 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.
- Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
MONSIEUR TEPAN - the soldier's father
MADAME TEPAN - the soldier's mother
ZEPO - an enemy soldier
FIRST STRETCHER BEARER
SECOND STRETCHER BEARER