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“The Trial of Sister Bigass”

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Strick, Joseph (American playwright, director, writer, adapter, 1923-____), and Cary Hollinshead (American playwright, writer-adapter, 1974-____), “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.

1m2f;  •  © 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 Sister Bigass (f), a young nun; Sister Bigtits (f), her rival; The Abbess (f), head of the convent.

  §  Synopsis “Sister Bigass is on trial for consorting erotically with a monk. The Abbess is about to condemn her to the Inquisition when it becomes clear that the Abbess is carrying on an affair with her Bishop. All is forgiven.

  §  Comment “‘The Trial of Sister Bigass’ is an hilarious treatment of smugness, hypocrisy and the abuse of power. It has been tried out at university theatres in Britain to excellent response. It can be played in any public venue and is based on the old tradition of traveling players. Costumes and props are limited to what could have been carried by the original players. The action is strong and bawdy, satirizing the competition of women and the opportunism of men. Stage business is to be invented and developed by the director and players.  •  This short play has been performed  in the University of Salford, Manchester and the University of Exeter.  •  Research could include the works of Rabelais and Boccaccio.”

  §  Themes adultery, celibacy, convent, monastery, Inquisition (1233-1800).

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