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.

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The King and the Condemned

by  Larry Brenner

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Experimental
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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.

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Accolades

  • Winner! Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, No intermission

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

4m, 1f

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

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Flexible casting

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Authors

Larry Brenner

Larry Brenner

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.

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