The Comedian

by  Tim Kelly

Short Play, Drama  /  6m, 6f

A group of young actors rehearse a new play about St. Genesius, patron saint of actors and theatre. Through brief, dramatic scenes, this First Actor of Rome is shown to be an expert comedian and stage director. However, word has reached the Emperor Diocletian of the actor's belief in the still young…

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The Comedian

by  Tim Kelly

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 6f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

A group of young actors rehearse a new play about St. Genesius, patron saint of actors and theatre. Through brief, dramatic scenes, this First Actor of Rome is shown to be an expert comedian and stage director. However, word has reached the Emperor Diocletian of the actor's belief in the still young religion of Christianity, an act of treason. While Genesius is performing, he is ordered to renounce his faith. This he cannot do, and he is put to death before his troupe of players. The roles are unusual since each member of the cast must play two characters. State author when ordering.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: On a stage.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Music

  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

6m, 6f
MARILYN - Play director
JOE (GENESIUS) - Actor
MIKE (ALBAN) - Actor
GEORGE (ROMAN SOLDER) - Actor
VIVAIN (LUTE PLAYER) - Actor
IRENE (DANCER) - Actor
BOB (DARIUS) - Actor
CLAUDIA (ROMAN PRIESTESS) - Actor
LES (DIOCLETIAN) - Actor
EVELYN (ROMAN SLAVE) - Actor
KEVIN (ROMAN PRIEST) - Actor
PATRICIA (EMPRESS) - Actor
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras

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Authors

Tim Kelly

Kelly was born in Saugus, Massachusetts on October 2, 1932. He graduated from Emerson College with a bachelor's degree and received a masters degree in play-writing from Yale University. His first stage play was Widow's Walk, published in the 1960s. At the same time, three of his plays opened: A Darker Flo ...

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