Chamber Music

by  Arthur Kopit

Short Play, Drama  /  2m, 8f

"Kopit's absurd logic is delightful and disturbing." - The Chicago Reader

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Chamber Music

by  Arthur Kopit

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 8f
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

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

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

This strange meeting features The Woman in the Safari Outfit, the Woman in Armor (she has barracks language down pat, wears rusty armor, is called Joan of Arc and carries a big crucifix), the Woman with the Gavel, and others. The business at hand is how to attack the men's ward before they attack the women and devour them like cannibals? A ruse is needed so they kill the Aviatrix named Amelia Earhart. This exercise causes them to lose the strand of their thought and forget why they did it.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Kopit's absurd logic is delightful and disturbing." - The Chicago Reader

"There's a lot of laughter." - Orlando Sentinel

"An intriguing and still topical allegory." - The Chicago Tribune

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: A meeting room.

Casting

2m, 8f
WOMAN WHO PLAYS RECORDS
WOMAN IN SAFARI OUTFIT
WOMAN WITH NOTEBOOK
GIRL IN GOSSAMER DRESS
WOMAN IN AVIATRIX'S OUTFIT
WOMAN IN QUEENLY SPANISH GARB
WOMAN IN ARMOR
WOMAN WITH GAVEL
MAN IN WHITE
HIS ASSISTANT
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast

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Authors

Arthur Kopit

Arthur Kopit (born May 10, 1937, New York, N.Y., U.S.), American playwright best known for Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feelin’ So Sad (1960). Subtitled “a pseudoclassical tragifarce in a bastard French tradition,” the play parodies the Theater of the Absurd, the Oedipus complex, and the conv ...

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