Exhibit This! The Museum Comedies

by  Luigi Jannuzzi

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  36m or f

"Plenty of plays on words and contemporary references that add humor and a twist." - NYTheatre.com

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Exhibit This! The Museum Comedies

by  Luigi Jannuzzi

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    36m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy, Period, Docudrama/Historic
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • Monologues
    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

7 One Acts, 6 Monologues!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has come to life! A fast-paced series of SEVEN comedic plays and SIX monologues based on 50+ exhibits at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art in NYC. Paintings, sculptures, antiquities, & fertility gods emerge from their molds & frames. Mix in some artists, guards, critics, lovers, curators and one very special night and you have this new comedic hit. In fact, even the artwork speaks to the audience! Using a variety of theatrical styles and rhythms, on a single set, it can be done with 3 females, 2 males, or 36 people! Flexible casting makes it perfect for all schools and organizations.

The #1 Pick of New York Magazine!

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Accolades

  • Winner! International Midtown Festival, Best One Act (for final monologue "Framed")
    Winner! NJTheater.com Perry Award, Best Play in New Jersey Theatre

Reviews

"Plenty of plays on words and contemporary references that add humor and a twist." - NYTheatre.com

"The work suddenly elevates from its warm, romantic frame to a profound philosophical thought." - OOBR.com

"The appreciation of Art through the use of Comedy is a perfect cross-curricular blend." - Janice Baldwin, Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Princeton, NJ

"It revived our summer theatre program and sold out every performance!" - Michael Gallagher, The Peddie School, Hightstown, NJ

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
    $45 per short play individually

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: Set pieces should be kept to a minimum. Rely on the audience and their imagination to bring the rest. They will reward you for that opportunity. Projections can be used if you have the technology.
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, Local Celebrity Cameo, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat, Special Effects

Music

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

Casting

36m or f
RAPHAEL - an artist
RACHEL - in picture
MONA - an artist
MICHAEL - in picture
JOSEPHINE - a young girl looking for love
SPANISH SINGER - in an Edward Manet painting
LADY(VICKY) WITH PARROT - in an Edward Manet painting, also plays Parrot's voice
MAN IN BOAT - in an Edward Manet painting
WOMAN IN BOAT- in an Edward Manet painting
MARY MAGDALEN - as painted by Georges De la Tour
QUEEN - Egyptian, mummified
RA - Egyptian, mummified
AGENT
DISTRESSED CURATOR
FERTILITY GODS - 4 or 5 actors with percussion instruments
SALVATOR ROSA - as painted by himself
BIRTH - female, a tapestry
LOUIS XIV AS AIR - male, a tapestry
GREENERY - male, a tapestry
DORIS/DORIAN - an elderly museum patron
SHARON - an elderly museum patron
RICHARD/CHRISTINE - a museum guard in some trouble
SOCRATES - as painted by Jacques Louis-David
WOMAN - a distressed tourguide
PAT - an actor playing a guitar, as painted by Jean Antoine Watteau
Plus various additional GUARDs, CURATORs, VOICEs, and PATRONs
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

Casting is extremely flexible. And since this play is 13 comedies, there are many ways this play may be presented.  It can be performed with as few as 5 or as many as 36. Feel free to change genders for guards, Curators, fertility gods, etc.It can and has been done with an all-female cast.

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Authors

Luigi Jannuzzi

Luigi Jannuzzi is an award-winning playwright of one-act theater pieces as well as full-length plays, who combines romantic/absurdist comedy with serious themes of love, truth, and the need to rise above it all. His one-act plays, such as A Bench at the Edge and The Barbarians Are Coming are winners of the Samuel Frenc ...

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Exhibit This! The Museum Comedies and its component plays and monologues were first performed in two premiere productions: by The Peddie Players at The Peddie School in Hightstown, NJ,  in July 2005, directed by Michael Gallagher; and by Metropolitan Theatre Company at the New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch, NJ, in July 2005, directed by the author.

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