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Lovers and Executioners
Lovers and Executioners
1999 WINNER OF THE HELEN HAYES AWARD: The Charles MacArthur Prize for Outstanding New Play

"This is one you shouldn't miss...a terrific night (or matinee) at the theatre." —Cincinnati Inquirer

"You can't ask for more than an evening in which you laugh like mad, then sit on the edge of your seat wondering how the tale will turn out." —The Washington Post
By John Strand.

Cast: 4m., 3w. This "startlingly modern" tale about attempted murder and a woman's revenge concerns a husband who discovers evidence that his wife has been unfaithful. He abandons her on a desert isle, expecting her to die. But she escapes and returns three years later disguised as a man. She manages to have herself appointed judge and promptly brings her husband to trial for the murder of his wife. Calling the play "funny, grim, superb" the Washington Post wrote: "Strand's very free adaptation is like the best comedy, wild yet precise. He's dared to translate Montfleury's 17th-century poetry into 20th-century verse, and the language rollicks along from comic anachronism to melancholy aphorism." Keeping certain conventions of the genre, such as the commedia dell'arte-inspired comedy, the play focuses on the very serious questions of justice and revenge. It features a superb leading-actress breeches role and a coup de théatre ending. "Darkly hilarious, brightly poetic and emotionally scary," said Washington City Paper." It's easy to imagine Lovers and Executioners having a long life on the repertory circuit in this country and Britain." Single set, two locations.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  L98
Cast Size:  7
No. of Act(s):  5
Pages:  145
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  180 min.
Target Audience: College and Adult
Performing Group: College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Drama
ISBN (10): 0871299100
John Strand's plays include Tom Walker and Lovers and Executioners (Charles MacArthur Prize for Outstanding New Play, 1999), both commissioned by and premiered at Arena Stage, Washington, D.C., and both published by Dramatic Publishing; The Diaries, commissioned by and premiered at Signature Theater, Arlington, Va., also published by Dramatic; Three Nights in Tehran, a comedy about the Iran-Contra affair; an ...More
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