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Skinflints and Scoundrels: Molière\'s Miser (40-minute version)
Skinflints and Scoundrels: Molière's Miser (40-minute version)
Translated, adapted and arranged by Suzan Zeder from The Miser by Molière.

Cast: 11m., 5w., with doubling 9m., 5w., expansion possible with inclusion of multiple courtiers. Zeder has created this 40-minute version of her full-length play with high-school production and competition in mind. This new translation and adaptation of Molière's classic comedy, The Miser, is set in the opulent court of King Louis XIV at the Palace of Versailles. Molière and his renowned troupe of actors are ready to premiere The Misanthrope before the king and courtiers until Pierre Pomponne, a minor minister of culture, refuses to pay for the evening's entertainment. Molière pulls down the scenery and tosses costume pieces to his company, and a brilliant improvisation is presented as an instruction on the importance of art and the value of the artist. This play within a play presents the story of Harpagon, the greediest of comic villains, as he causes consternation in his family with his parsimonious pursuit of a sweet young thing who is also loved by Harpagon's son. Mayhem abounds with dazzling dandies, tricks and thievery, wise and winsome women, sons and daughters lost at sea and found at last! But at the end of the day and the end of the play, the artist must be paid! Zeder takes us back to a time when this classic play was first conceived—when actors struggled to remember their newly minted lines and bits of business were improvised for the first time. In this raucous telling, she captures the comic power of this cautionary tale of misguided monetary mania and defines the priceless power of the creative artist and the alchemy of theatre. Unit set. Approximate Running Time: 40 minutes.

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Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  One-Act
Catalog Code:  SJ3
Cast Size:  16
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  38
Royalty:  $40.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $7.95
Approx. Running Time:  40 min.
Target Audience: Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre
Genre: Comedy | Literary Classic
ISBN (10): 1583422579
Publication Date: 05/24/2005
Suzan Zeder is one of the leading playwrights for young and family audiences in the United States. Her plays have been produced by professional, university and community theatres in all 50 states as well as internationally. She is a six-time winner of the Distinguished Play Award from the American Alliance of Theatre & Education, including 2015 awards for both ...More
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.

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