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Les Trois Dumas
Les Trois Dumas
"It's a swashbuckling adventure! It's a thoughtful play about racial politics! PLTC promises both with this play about the life of the Three Musketeers' literary father, a man who led a complex and sometimes conflicted existence. Anyway, we're intrigued." —

"From start to finish the play is a high-spirited jaunt through the colorful escapades of Dumas père, whose passion for writing is matched only by his passion for living." —AISLE SAY
By Charles Smith.

Cast: 6m., 3w. (The six male characters are African-American.) Three generations of the internationally notorious Dumas family (General Thomas Du-mas, Alexandre Dumas pere, and Alexandre Dumas fils) appear in this swashbuckling tale—abundant with battles, sword fights, mysterious strangers and romantic escapades. Thomas Dumas, the son of a French aristocrat and a black servant woman, nevertheless became one of Napoleon's most prized generals and was instrumental in the emperor's early successes in Austria and Italy. Thomas was later falsely denounced by Napoleon as a turncoat; consequently, he died in disgrace, a penniless and broken man. Many years later, Alexandre, the general's son and author of The Three Musketeers, is living a life as daring and full of intrigue as the characters in his plays and novels. Even while Alexandre indulges in perfectly scandalous behavior, he works to keep his father's good name alive. His own son, Alexandre fils, (author of La Dame aux Camélias) struggles to come to terms with his father's apparent immoral lifestyle, his own racial heritage and the rumors about his grandfather's defection. Alexandre fils' struggle is redoubled when a mysterious man defames his father's literary integrity and casts doubts upon his African heritage. Alexandre pere, in a bid to satisfy his son's honor, challenges the mysterious slanderer to a duel at a masquerade ball; there, three generations of the Dumas family (one of whom is long dead) meet and the true identities of all are revealed. Unit set. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  LB5
Cast Size:  9
No. of Act(s):  3
Pages:  112
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  120 min.
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 1583421688
Publication Date: 05/16/2003
Charles Smith is playwright in residence at the Tony award-winning Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. His plays include Pudd'nhead Wilson, Takunda, City of Gold, Freefall, Knock Me a Kiss, Les Trois Dumas, The Sutherland, Sister Carrie, Black Star Line, Jelly Belly, Young Richard and Cane, and have been produced off-Broadway and around the country by theaters such as Victory Gardens, ...More
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This title can only be licensed/sold in the U.S. and Canada
* 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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