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Clown's Play

Clown's Play
Your Price: $13.95 CDN
Author: Reginald F. Bain
Publisher: Dramatic Publishing
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 48
Pub. Date: 1981
ISBN-10: 0871294249
ISBN-13: 9780871294241

About the Play:

Clowns' Play is a one-act drama by Reginald F. Bain. In this audience participation play, a troupe of clowns is caught unaware by circumstances and is forced to use their wit and talent to improvise their way through a scheduled performance of "Jack and the Beanstalk."

"Show Today" and "Jack and the Beanstalk" read two signs placed at the proscenium on the otherwise bare stage. Clown ushers escort the young people to their seats in anticipation of a performance of the age-old classic. But it's time for the show and the group that was supposed to present the play has phoned to say that their van has broken down and they are not going to make it. The clown ushers gather on stage to decide what to do. Should they send the audience home? With the help of the youngsters, they decide to act out the story themselves using their clown characters as the basis for their improvisation of "Jack and the Beanstalk." Utilizing what they can find backstage, asking for help from the audience when they get stuck, and capitalizing on the unique talents of each of the clowns, they play out the story, discovering thereby the meaning of being a clown. Bare stage w/props.

Clowns' Play will delight children of all ages.

Cast: 4 women, 4 men

About the Playwright:

Reginald F. Bain is an emeritus associate professor in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame.