Apres Opera

by  Valerie Smith, Michael Bigelow Dixon

10 Minute Play, Comedy  /  2m, 2f

This ten-minute opera bouffe shows what can happen when an ex-girlfriend meeting her ex-boyfriend brings along her new fiance, who happens to be narcoleptic.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    10 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Parody / Spoof, Romantic Comedy
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

This ten-minute opera bouffe shows what can happen when an ex-girlfriend meeting her ex-boyfriend brings along her new fiance, who happens to be narcoleptic. As an aria from Pagliacci fills the restaurant, violence from the opera spills onto the stage.

Can the flame of passion ever be extinguished?

Published in Ten Minute Plays from Actors Theatre of Louisville, Vol. 1.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Open Flame Open Flame

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: An opera-themed restaurant, romantic but loud.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

2m, 2f
PETER – rumpled and unshaven
LAUREL – “waitress from Hell”
KAREN – dressed for success
DUNCAN – tries very hard
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Flexible casting

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Authors

Valerie Smith

Valerie Smith

Michael Bigelow Dixon

Michael Bigelow Dixon is a playwright, director, and professor of theatre. For 17 years, he supervised the reading and selection of plays for the annual Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. He then moved to Minneapolis where he created a new play program that commiss ...

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Apres Opera was first produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville on December 14, 1987. It was directed by Marcia Dixcy.

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