The King's Horses
Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 1m, 3f
Carter, a carpenter with a mysterious past, steps into unknown territory
when he accepts a job from Cassie, a graduate of the same high school.
Carter, a carpenter with a mysterious past, steps into unknown territory when he accepts a job from Cassie, a graduate of the same high school. Cassie is overseeing the recovery of her older sister Hannah, who was savagely beaten and thrown into a ditch. This random act of violence has created a surreal scene of sibling rivalry around Carter, who is flattered by the attention but knows trouble when he sees it. As Hannah physically improves, her competitive interest in Carter grows. Old resentments, including how each sister handled the illness and recent death of their mother, further antagonize the sisters, to the detriment of all. Sparkling humor punctuates the sharply drawn characterizations in this winning play by the author of Finger Painting in a Murphy Bed, Pieces of the Sky, and other works.
KeywordsAging, Betrayal, Childhood, Death, Feminism, Illness/Health, Love, Parenting/Family, Women's Issues
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $90 per performance
- Time Period: Present Day
- Duration: 90 minutes
The action takes place in the present, over a few weeks in the home of Hannah Avery.
- Additional Features: Not Applicable
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
MRS. HUAN - Asian woman 60s-70s, great comedic timing
CARTER - Attractive male late 20s to early 40s
CASSIE - Mouse-ish but not unattractive female late 20s to early 40s
HANNAH - Sharp and caustic female late 20s to early 40s; hidden by bandages at first, but her beauty becomes apparent through the run of the play
- Role(s) for Asian Actor(s)
- Ensemble cast
- Multicultural casting
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
The character of MRS. HUAN can be changed provided playwright approval and rewrite allows for different ethnicity.
The King's Horses premiered at the ITAD Theater in Palenville, New York.