The King and the Condemned
by Larry Brenner
Short Play, Comedy / 4m, 1f
Comedy ensues when a troop of actors refuse to perform their poorly written, low budget production, holding the audience captive.
Comedy ensues when a troop of actors refuse to perform their poorly written, low budget production, holding the audience captive. When one audience member, Daniel, attempts to leave, the actors force him onstage where he enters their world. Here he must contend with a lustful princess, a brutish guard, an obnoxious clown and an egotistical king. If he can defeat their characters, he will go free; but if he fails, he will be trapped onstage with them forever. Published in Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 29th Series.
- Winner! Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival
- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
- Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
- Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, No intermission
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
- Chorus Size: No Chorus
DANIEL — an audience member, here to see a show; good-hearted and articulate
VIDEL — the lead actor; has played all of the great roles in theatre, but isn’t happy about this one; egotist
CERINE — the princess; beautiful and seductive
BERAN — the warrior; strong, but not very bright
USTIN — the clown; clever and funny
- Ensemble cast
- Non-Traditional casting
- Flexible casting
The King and the Condemned first premiered as part of the 29th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival in June 2004, in New York City. It was produced by the Genesis Repertory Ensemble and directed by Betsy Karic.