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THE GIRL IN THE IRON MASK
AuthorNESVET, RL - Other Plays by this Author - Contact Author
FormatFull-length.
SynopsisIn this adaptation of the classic Dumas romance, prisoner Louise Marchiali is the most dangerous secret in the Bastille: the unknown twin sister of King Louis XIV. When a rebellious princess and a sword-wielding Carmelite nun discover Louise, they plot to bring her to safety outside France. But Louise has other plans: to walk in her brother's shoes -- literally. Combining farce, tragedy, and romance with swordplay for the entire cast, this is a unique adaptation and a perfect play for community, school, and university theatre groups seeking an exciting challenge.
InformationSuitable for Under-16s to seeSuitable for under 16s to performComedyTragedyThrillerRomanceAdaptation of book/filmBased on real people/eventsFarce
Cast9 actors, all women/girls. Some women are double-cast as men, and the twins are played by one actress. Cast is expandable with possible extras in the fight scenes. (minimum 9)
Playing ages 18-60, mostly in the 18-35 range.
ProductionExtremely minimal set. Multiple, complex fight scenes: a trained choreographer is a must. Written for Babes With Blades, Chicago's all-women's swordplay theatre company. There are two versions: one OK for schools, the other a little racier. Please indicate which you'd like to read.
StatusAvailable for performance
Websitewww.geocities.com/upstart_crow2
PERFORMANCE LICENSES
Please contact the Author: Please e-mail me at upstart_crow2@yahoo.com. Royalties very reasonable, on a sliding scale for students, amdram, charity performances. (for other licences please contact the Author)
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RL Nesvet

RL Nesvet's plays have been produced in the UK, US, and Canada and have won several North American awards. Full-length plays include Babes With Blades (Chicago) all-women's swashbuckler THE GIRL IN THE IRON MASK (2006); political satire THE OFFENSIVE (2003) and Arch & Bruce Brown award winner THE SHAPE SHIFTER (2000). Currently Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Gloucestershire, Nesvet has also worked as a theatre critic for UK national daily paper THE WESTERN MAIL and other publications.
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