The Tomb of King Tot

by  Olivia Dufault

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  2m, 3f

"Sweet and spiky new tragicomedy [...] this production makes a case for whimsy as a filter both for shutting out and eventually coming to terms with an unforgiving world and one’s unforgivable self." - The New York Times

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The Tomb of King Tot

by  Olivia Dufault

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Jane Haley is the punny voice of the comic strip “King Tot,” a three-panel strip about a nine-year-old pharaoh in Ancient Egypt. Jane has just been nominated for the Chuckling Willow, the single most important award for female cartoonists in New England. All seems to be going well until bleak news strikes the Haley household. As Jane tries to hide her coping by working extensively on her comics, her art suffers as her main character tries to find his way through the Land of the Dead to find his “mummy.” Playwright Olivia Dufault pairs humor with heartache in this exploration of the processing of grief.
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Reviews

REVIEWS 

"Sweet and spiky new tragicomedy [...] this production makes a case for whimsy as a filter both for shutting out and eventually coming to terms with an unforgiving world and one’s unforgivable self." - The New York Times, Read More 


Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Ancient
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting: A lower/middle class New England living Room, and a cartoon-like version of ancient Egypt.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Casting

2m, 3f
JANE HALEY - late-thirties cartoonist (f) also plays
MUMMY - mummy (f)
ATLANTA HALEY - teenage girl (f) also plays
KING TOT - Egyptian boy-king (f)
PORTER HALEY - late-thirties step-father (m) also plays
HOREMHEB - Egyptian slave (m)
KISSY CANDIDA - late-thirties cartoonist (f) also plays
ALLIGATOR-WOMAN - alligator-woman (f)
LIONEL FEATHER - early-sixties cartoonist (m) also plays
ANUBIS - jackal-headed king of the dead (m)
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Olivia Dufault

Olivia Dufault’s plays include Year of the Rooster (Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York Times Critics' Pick), The Tomb of King Tot (Clubbed Thumb, New York Times Critics' Pick), The Messenger, and For Want of a Horse. Her plays have been performed at the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Youngblood, Clubbed Thumb, the Flea Theatre ...

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The Tomb of King Tot premiered as a part of the Clubbed Thumb Summerworks Festival at The Wild Project in New York City in June 2016 under the direction of Portia Krieger.

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