The Coward

by  Nick Jones

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  7m, 1f

A cowardly young gentleman named Lucidus initiates a pistol duel then finds that he can’t go through with it. He hires a common criminal to fight in his place, only to have the scoundrel make a bloody mess of things.


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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period, Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

A period comedy set in 18th century England. A cowardly young gentleman named Lucidus initiates a pistol duel then finds that he can’t go through with it. He hires a common criminal to fight in his place, only to have the scoundrel make a bloody mess of things. As duel follows duel with many shots fired, this coward finds his reputation growing beyond his wildest expectations.
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Accolades

  • Nominee! Four 2011 Lucille Lortel Awards, including Outstanding Play

Reviews

“A deadly funny comedy!…Nick Jones is a natural born writer of lean, witty jokes with a keen ear for bombast punctuated with waggish anachronism. Sam Gold coaxes solid performances from everyone in this handsome and skillful production.” - Time Out New York, Read More Here

“The Coward is ridiculous in the best possible way. Mr. Jones spoof of English period dramas is funny and Mr. Gold and the cast render its comedy captivating.” - New York Observer

“A perfectly structured comedy…hilarious and sly and witty.” - Village Voice, Read More Here

“The Coward has a smart aleck sensibility with a touch of vaudevillian gore. Playwright Nick Jones shows great promise.” - New York Post, Read More Here

“Stylish, Witty and Clever.” - Variety, Read More Here

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 18th Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: England, 1790. Sort of.
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

7m, 1f
LUCIDUS CULLING - a rather delicate young noblemen of 20.
FATHER, or, NATHANIEL CULLING - 40s.
HENRY BLAINE - Rake, scamp, duelist. 30s.
GAVIN KLAFF - a friend of Lucidus, 20s.
ROBERT BLITHE - a friend of Lucidus, 20s.
FINN - a friend of Henry Blaine’s, 30s-40s
ISABELLE DUPREE - a fine girl of 18, from royal stock.
THE EARL OF DORCHESTER - 40s.
SIR DEREK LANLEY - the Earl’s friend and second.
OLD MAN - the father of the Earl. 50s-70s.
FRIEDMONT THE BUTLER
EGBERT THE BARTENDER
KING’S MESSENGER
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Old Man, Friedmont the Butler, Egbert the Bartender, and Derek Lanley may be played by one actor. The Earl of Dorchester, Finn and The King’s Messenger may be played by one actor.

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Authors

Nick Jones

Nick Jones is a Los Angeles based writer. His play TREVOR has won numerous awards and is widely produced. His play THE COWARD received its world premiere at Lincoln Center Theater’s LCT3 in winter 2010, under the direction of Sam Gold. Other plays include VERITE, and IMPORTANT HATS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. Nick is als ...

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The Coward was first presented Off Broadway by Lincoln Center/LCT3 at the Duke Theatre in New York City on November 22, 2010. It was directed by Sam Gold.

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