A Doctor's Visit

by  Mark Loewenstern

Short Play, Drama  /  2m

Based on historical legend, this intriguing play takes place in King Richard the Lionhearted's tent during the Crusades. Sultan Saladin, an adversary with whom Richard enjoys an unusually cordial relationship even as their armies clash, has sent his personal doctor, Moses Maimonides, to treat the ma…

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A Doctor's Visit

by  Mark Loewenstern

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m
  • Duration

    Duration

    10 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period, Docudrama/Historic
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Based on historical legend, this intriguing play takes place in King Richard the Lionhearted's tent during the Crusades. Sultan Saladin, an adversary with whom Richard enjoys an unusually cordial relationship even as their armies clash, has sent his personal doctor, Moses Maimonides, to treat the malaria that is debilitating Richard. This recounting of the tale, one often used to illustrate the peaceful relationship between Islam and Jew, points to a sober lesson: the faith that nourishes and sustains us also drives us to war, and we have still not found a way to have one without the other. Published in the collection Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 27th Series.
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Reviews

"Mark Lowenstern's A Doctor's Visit benefited from smart writing and direction (Jason King Jones), a timely topic, and mesmerizing performances from Tom Biglin and Barry Phillips Off-Off Broadway Review

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Medieval (6th-14th c.)
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

2m
Richard the Lionhearted: A warrior king

Moses Miamonides: A sage

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Cast Attributes

  • All Male
  • Multicultural casting

Casting Notes

Past productions of A Doctor's Visit used minority casting for the role of Moses Miamonides. This role can credibly be played by an actor of African, Latino, Arab or white descent.

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Authors

Mark Loewenstern

Mark Loewenstern, born 15 Nov 1968, studied theater and creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania, Kings College, London and also at The Juilliard School for about six weeks (but that's another story). He has been a three-time finalist for the Heideman Award, and a winner of The Samuel French ...

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Vital Theatre Company, May, 2002

Directed by Jason King Jones

Tom Biglin as Richard the Lionhearted

Barry Phillips as Moses Miamonides

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