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Day of the Kings
Day of the Kings
"Sparkles with imagination and exhilarating language, but it also tackles 'risky' themes such as slavery, cross-dressing and interracial love in 18th-century Havana." —Variety

"An exquisitely crafted drama about human bondage, secret passions and the hysteria of social change on the hothouse island of Cuba in the early 1800s … With its very title—a reference to the Feast of the Epiphany, when Cuba's slaves are allowed to enjoy one Mardi Gras-style day of freedom and celebration—Day of the Kings hints of things to come: the slow crumble of the power play between Cuba and Spain, blacks and whites, women and men." —The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By Daphne Greaves.

Cast: 4 to 7m., 4w., expansion possible by using dancers to play revelers. Inspired by actual events, Day of the Kings tells the little-known story of Enriquetta Faber, a courageous woman living a dangerous lie. In early 1800s Cuba, it is illegal for women to practice medicine. So Faber, the widow of a French surgeon, disguises herself as a man and becomes a respected doctor with a thriving practice. Faber negotiates the harsh extremes of Cuban society and realizes she is not the only one living a lie and breaking taboos. Hector Nunez is the owner of a large plantation. His increasing debt, an unhappy wife, and a passionate mistress are taking a serious and painful toll on his health. Hector's teenage daughter, Blanca, is undergoing her own growing pains. When she falls in love with Esteban, a young slave in the family's household, Blanca embarks on a potentially disastrous course. The crises of this family, her patients, swirl around Faber as she attempts to maintain her own lonely and secretive existence. However, when Faber falls in love with her young apprentice, her life spins out of control. On the Day of the Kings—a day of celebration, drink, music and dancing in the streets—secrets are revealed and lives overturned, and Faber is forced to make the hardest decision of her life. Flexible set. Approximate Running Time: 90 minutes.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  D95
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  72
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  90 min.
Categories
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama | Holiday
ISBN (10): 1583423400
Publication Date: 12/11/2006
Biographies
Daphne Greaves is a graduate of the playwriting program at The Julliard School. She is the winner of the 2004 National Graduate Playwriting Competition and her historical drama Day of the Kings had its world premiere at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre in January 2005. Other plays include Killing Time, Shade and Crash!. Greaves' plays have been seen at such theatres as ...More
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This title can be licensed/sold throughout the world
* 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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