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The Underground Venus
The Underground Venus
By Tim Kelly. Based on Mark Twain's short story, "The Capitoline Venus ".

Cast: 3m., 3w. (3m. or w.) Mark Twain enjoyed writing short stories that smiled at human foibles, and this clever romp is no exception. Penniless sculptor George Arnold is distraught because he can't marry his sweetheart Mary Morgan unless he has $50,000.00 in the bank, a condition insisted upon by Mary's dragon of a mother who is wintering in Italy where George lives. George's law student friend comes up with a wacky scheme to ensure the wedding will take place. Using his knowledge of Italian jurisprudence, he chops up George's marble statue entitled "Columbia" and buries it in a plot of land he buys for the unsuspecting artist. Months later, when the pieces are exhumed and joined together, the authorities are certain they've unearthed a statute of the Roman Goddess of Love and Beauty—Venus. Obviously, the statue was created centuries ago by some long-forgotten sculptor! Soon George's studio is invaded by tradespeople eager to extend credit and a government official with a large check. Will the hoax be exposed? Light, funny and fast-paced—certain to please your audience. Bare stage w/props. Approximate Running Time: 35 minutes.

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Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  One-Act
Catalog Code:  U23
Cast Size:  6
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  24
Royalty:  $40.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $7.95
Approx. Running Time:  35 min.
Target Audience: Middle School | High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
ISBN (10): 0871297108
Tim Kelly ( 1931-1998) was one of our finest and most prolific playwrights. His first stage mystery was published in the 1960s—at the same time he had plays opening in Boston, New York and Hamburg. Since then, he kept up a steady flow of works for stage and screen stage, including adaptations of M*A*S*H and Murder by Natural Causes. His ...More
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