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Strick, Joseph (American playwright, director, writer, adapter, 1923-____), and Cary Hollinshead (American playwright, writer-adapter, 1974-____), “The Bogus Priest,”

a 15-minute Renaissance slapstick farce in English, adapted from a story in Boccaccio’s The Decameron staged in public spaces in towns, villages and cities in the Fourteenth  Century A.D.

2m1f;  •  © 2000 by Joseph Strick and Cary Hollinshead,  29 rue de Tournon, 75006 Paris, France, telephone 331-4354-2712, fax 331-4051-7927, strick@noos.fr;  •  script/rights available from Richard Hatton Ltd, Agent, 29 Roehampton Gate, London SW15, England, e-mail richardhatton99@hotmail.com.  •  Cited by Joseph Strick via ftp September 25, 2001; Strick says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Marco (m), a jealous husband who drives his wife into adultery; Filipo (m), the boy-friend waiting for Sofia; Sofia (f), a lovely woman.

  §  Synopsis “Marco, madly jealous,  contrives to don a priest’s robes to hear his wife’s confession. She knows who the false confessor is and spins him a tale that confounds him utterly.

  §  Comment “Satisfyingly, the wife is able to break out of her oppressive restrictions through her cleverness and refusal to be made a trapped woman.”  •  Research could include Oscar Mandel’s Five Comedies of Medieval France (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, Inc., 1970), ISBN 0-525-47276-2.  •  Also, research could include The Decameron.

  §  Themes adultery, power, religion, women’s rights.
 

See also  Joseph Strick and Cary Hollinshead’s:
  • Burning Adultresses,” a 10-minute Renaissance play in English, adapted from a story in Boccaccio’s The Decameron staged in public spaces in towns, villages and cities in the Fourteenth  Century A.D., 1f
  • The Devil,” a 15-minute Renaissance slapstick farce in English, adapted from a story in Gargantua and Pantagruel, by Rabelais, staged in  public spaces in towns, villages and cities in the Sixteenth  Century A.D., 2m1f
  • The Lord, the Miller and Their Wives,” a 15-minute Renaissance slapstick farce in English, adapted from an anonymous  farce staged in  public spaces in towns, villages and cities in the Sixteenth  Century A.D., 2m2f
  • Lucas and the Goodpayer,” a 15-minute Renaissance slapstick farce in English, adapted from an anonymous French farce staged in  public spaces in towns, villages and cities in the Sixteenth  Century A.D., 3m1f
  • The Miller’s Tale,” a 15-minute Renaissance slapstick farce in English, adapted from the story  by Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales staged in a public space in town, village or city, Fourteenth Century A.D., 3m1f
  • The Monk’s Defense,” a 15-minute Renaissance play in English, adapted from a story in Boccaccio’s The Decameron staged in public spaces in towns, villages and cities in the Fourteenth  Century A.D., 2m2f
  • The Student and the Widow,” a 15-minute Renaissance slapstick farce in English, adapted from a story in Boccaccio’s The Decameron staged in public spaces in towns, villages and cities in the Fourteenth  Century A.D., 2m2f
  • The Washtub,” a 15-minute Renaissance slapstick farce in English, adapted from the anonymous French original, Le Cuvier, set in a public  space in town, village or city, Fifteenth Century A.D., 1m2f
  • The Trial of Sister Bigass,” a 15-minute Renaissance slapstick farce in English, adapted from the story by Rabelais in Gargantua and Pantagruel and Boccaccio in The Decameron staged in a public space in town, village or city, Fourteenth and Sixteenth Centuries A.D., 3f

  • Two Can Play,” a 15-minute Renaissance play in English, adapted from a story in Boccaccio’s The Decameron staged in public spaces in towns, villages and cities in the Sixteenth Century A.D., 2m2f

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