Richard Blaine, The Merchant Of Morocco or, If Shakespeare Had Written Casablanca

by  Thomas Hischak

Short Play, Satire/Political Satire  /  10m, 3f

The film classic Casablanca gets an Elizabethan treatment in this farce in which the movie is told as if Shakespeare might have written it!

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Richard Blaine, The Merchant Of Morocco or, If Shakespeare Had Written Casablanca

by  Thomas Hischak

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Richard Blaine, The Merchant Of Morocco or, If Shakespeare Had Written Casablanca

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    10m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Adventure, Adaptations (Shakespeare), Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Period, Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

The film classic Casablanca gets an Elizabethan treatment in this farce in which the movie is told as if Shakespeare might have written it! The pseudo-Shakespearean poetry is delightfully silly and the characters are swashbuckling and fun. A comic treat for audiences, even though unfamilar with Casablanca.

Published in Twice the Usual Number of Suspects.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
    $75 with companion piece

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day, 1940s / WWII, 16th Century / Elizabethan
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: Rick's Cafe Americain, Casablanca, 1941
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

10m, 3f

RICK BLAINE - an American, owner of Rick's Cafe Americain, mysterious, moody, romantic; Humphrey Bogart
CAPT. LOUIS RENAULT - Prefect of Police, French, charming, corrupt but likable, sly; Claude Rains
UGARTE - a small, odd man with an indeterminate European accent; Peter Lorre (can be played by a woman)
FERRARI - corpulent, suave Italian owner of the Blue Carrot cafe; Sydney Greenstreet
VICTOR LASZLO - a handsome freedom fighter, gentlemanly European accent; Paul Henreid
ILSA LUND - a beautiful, exotic woman with an alluring Scandinavian accent; Ingrid Bergman
MAJOR STRASSER - a stern, humorless German officer; Conrad Veidt
SAM - an African-American musician, warm, unassuming; Dooley Wilson
SASHA - an ingratiating Russian bartender
YVONNE - an attractive possessive woman
FOUR OR MORE PATRONS AT RICK'S, GERMAN SOLDIERS, A FRENCH OFFICER

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Multicultural casting

Casting Notes

Parts for up to 12 men and 7 women. Doubling possible.

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Authors

Thomas Hischak

Thomas Hischak is an internationally recognized author and teacher in the Performing Arts. He is the author of thirty-three published plays which are performed in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia. His playwriting awards include the Stanley Drama Award (New York City) for Cold War Comedy and the J ...

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