Romance Language

by  Peter Parnell

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  10m, 5f

"Demonstrates Parnell's antic humors and his perverse wit. Also his imagination." - New York Post

"A smashingly funny, bravura piece of theatre." - Women's Wear Daily

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Romance Language

by  Peter Parnell

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    10m, 5f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Period
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

The author of Sorrows of Stephen turns a modern eye on the romance of American nineteenth century literature in this surreal comedy. The play begins with Huck Finn climbing through Walt Whitman's bedroom window. Since Whitman's male lover has just died, he decides to go on a picaresque journey with Huck down the river of American culture. They encounter Custer, Thoreau, Emerson, Louisa May Alcott, Charlotte Cushman and Emily Dickinson. The craziness reaches a climax at the Battle of the Little Big Horn where everyone is killed and goes to literary heaven.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Demonstrates Parnell's antic humors and his perverse wit. Also his imagination. " - New York Post

"A smashingly funny, bravura piece of theatre." - Women's Wear Daily

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Wild West, American Civil War Era, 19th Century
  • Setting: Various locations occupied by the writers in the play. 1876

Casting

10m, 5f
WALT WHITMAN
HUCKLEBERRY FINN
DAN'L / LT. VARNUM
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
KOOLOO / RAINCLOUD
ALCOTT / LONESOME CHARLEY
CHARLOTTE CUSHMAN
EMMA STEBBINS / ELLEN EMERSON / DANCEHALL GIRL
TOMMY / MME. NASH
AUTIE REED
EMILY DICKINSON
RALPH WALDO EMERSON / MITCH BOUYER
HENRY DAVID THOREAU / GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER
TOM SAWYER
BLOODY KNIFE
TOWNSPEOPLE / CAVALRY / COWBOYS / SALOON PATRONS / AMERICAN INDIANS
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Room for Extras

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Authors

Peter Parnell

Peter Parnell

Romance Language premiered at Playwrights Horizons in New York City in November 1984 under the direction of Sheldon Larry.

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