Spain

by  Jim Knable

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

"Knable is an imaginative dramatist with a supple talent for the bizarre." - Variety
"Funny, whimsical and wildly charming" - Broadway World
A seriously magical comedy. Barbara, recently deserted by her husband of five years, discovers a Conquistador in her living room. Though she has had vivid fantasies about Spain, the Conquistador and his cruel and bloodthirsty approach to life were never part of them...until now.

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  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Barbara, recently deserted by her husband of five years, discovers a Conquistador in her living room. Though she has had vivid fantasies about Spain, the Conquistador and his cruel and bloodthirsty approach to life were never part of them...until now. Through him and a maze of real and imaginary characters--including her best friend Diversion, a Mayan Ancient, and a very familiar guitar player--Barbara sorts through the leftovers and finds her Duende.

Part of the collection, Imaginary Plays by Jim Knable

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Knable has landed somewhere on the map close to
 Christopher Durang & John Patrick Shanley." - NY Theatre Wire.com

"Knable is an imaginative dramatist with a supple talent for the bizarre. His text is a maze, or perhaps a mirrored hall in an amusement park, where nothing is what it appears to be … outrageously funny.” —Robert L Daniels, Variety

“You will feel warmed by the demented cheer of this story of a wife whose strange and entrancing dream helps her cope after her husband leaves … SPAIN bears great similarities to Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz in its rendering of a bizarre dreamscape where truth lies hidden in the madness … At its cockamamie heart, the play is a sweet story about an angry, cast-adrift woman who finds in dreams strength and resources she didn’t know she had … If you are looking for a bit of warm-weather diversion, SPAIN is the place to be.” —Jayne M. Blanchard, The Washington Times

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Elaborate / High Volume Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Jim Knable

Jim Knable’s plays have been produced by MCC Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Soho Rep, NYC’s Summer Play Festival, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, New Jersey Rep, Actor’s Express in Atlanta, and multiple regional and university stages. Most recently his play Green Man was produced at STAGEStheatre in Fullerton, CA. ...

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Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 2001 World Premiere

Summer Play Festival, 2006 Showcase NYC Premiere

MCC, 2007 New York City Premiere

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