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.
- Nominee! Four 2011 Lucille Lortel Awards, including Outstanding Play
“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
- Gun Shots
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: 18th Century
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Setting: England, 1790. Sort of.
- Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)
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
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
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.