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“Lucas and the Goodpayer”


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Strick, Joseph (American playwright, director, writer, adapter, 1923-____), and Cary Hollinshead (American playwright, writer-adapter, 1974-____), “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;  •  © 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 Lucas (m), a poor, corrupt constable; Emily (f), his much younger wife; Goodpayer (m), a conniving deadbeat; Pretty Boy (m), a handsome and vain seducer.

  §  Synopsis “Lucas, utterly broke, breaks into the house of Goodpayer to extract money for imagined minor crimes. Goodpayer is evasive and when Lucas returns to his wife, discouraged, she advised him to threaten Goodpayer with a belt.  It works but now Lucas threatens his wife as well for her liaison with Pretty Boy. Emily has had enough of Lucas’ brutish behavior and runs away with Pretty Boy.

  §  Comment “‘Lucas and the Goodpayer’ satirizes the corruption of the police, the evasiveness of debtors and the frivolity of seducers. Stage business is to  be invented and developed by the director and players. This short play has been performed  at the University of Salford, Manchester and  the University of Exeter.  •  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.”

  §  Themes adultery, corruption, police excesses.
 

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