Rehearsing Cyrano by Linda Eisenstein
Women turn a classic inside out: students at a women's college stage their own version of "Cyrano de Bergerac," experimenting with men's roles, power, and playmaking.
Full of poetry, song, improv comedy, sword fights -- as well as explorations of gender roles and body image -- this boisterous comedy with drama is a love letter to the transforming powers of theatre.
CAST: Flexible ensemble - 10-14f, 1m
AWARDS: Finalist, 2001 Jane Chambers Playwriting Competition
REQUIREMENTS: 2 acts, 95 minutes. Simple unit set. 3 songs (guitar or piano).
"...Tremendous fun. But make no mistake: Much of this script is philosophically challenging and quite thought-provoking. Yet the opening night audience was spellbound throughout." - Macon Telegraph
An ensemble of 10-14 females, 1 male; all but one play college students. The more diverse -- by race, ethnicity, looks, size, sexuality -- the better.
MAYA: A bright but difficult student.
N'OMI: Her roommate and best friend; a videographer.
ANGELA: Her chief rival; a theater diva.
DR. POWERS: A harried female faculty advisor.
KENYETTE: A jock. Quiet and competent.
MARISSA: Pretty, high-strung, and over-extended.
TANYA: A techie. Droll & observant.
TEENA: Angela's friend, a sorority girl.
FELICE: An art student/costumer.
KEVIN: A well-meaning guy.
ENSEMBLE: Female students playing various roles.
Cast doubles in the roles of Cyrano, Roxane, Christian, DeGuiche, LeBret, soldiers, nuns, etc., in the play-within-the-play.
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