A Company of Wayward Saints

by  George Herman

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  6m, 3f

"Has something to say [and] says it extremely well. It is darned good theatre." - Arthur Ballet, U. of Minnesota

"The first part is amusing slapstick entertainment...[The second makes] a point about how pride and arrogance destroy collective effor…

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A Company of Wayward Saints

by  George Herman

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 3f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Commedia del Arte
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • UIL Approved
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

A commedia dell' arte group wanders by mistake into the eye of an allegory. They are humanity, wayward saints all, who are far from home and without means. A nobleman may be their salvation if they can put on a good show for him. Surprisingly, the Company chooses to present the history of man, from the Garden of Eden through Everyman in birth, adolescence, marriage and death. Along the way they enact other wayward adventures such as the assassination of Julius Caesar and the homecoming of Odysseus. It is a fine mosaic of life redeemed by humor and human understanding.
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Reviews

"Has something to say [and] says it extremely well. It is darned good theatre." - Arthur Ballet, U. of Minnesota

"The first part is amusing slapstick entertainment...[The second makes] a point about how pride and arrogance destroy collective efforts." - Hollywood Reporter

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Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Setting: The present. This play takes place within two hours on an improvised platform-stage erected over the bare stage floor of a modern theatre.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

6m, 3f
HARLEQUIN - the manager
SCAPINO - the acrobat
PANTALONE - the old man
DOTTORE - the learned
CAPITANO - the warrior
TRISTANO - the lover
ISABELLA - the sweetheart
COLOMBINE - the nag
RUFFIANA - the tart
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast

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Authors

George Herman

George Herman is the recipient of 36 awards for his writing. His children's play Nine Dragons is now an illustrated book from Tuttle (Boston). He is the author of A Company of Wayward Saints, which won a McKn ...

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