The Narrenschneiden: or, The Fool-Ectomy
Clark, I. E. (American playwright, translator from German, 19__-____), “The Narrenschneiden: or, The Fool-Ectomy,”
a 23-minute fastnachtsspiel (or Mardi Gras play, a sort of an April Fool joke) in English, translated by I. E. Clark from Hans Sachs’ German original, set in a tavern, ____,
3m or 3f
(+ optional extras)
© 19__ by I. E. Clark;
• in I. E. Clark’s The Narrenschneiden: or, The Fool-Ectomy (Schulenburg, Texas, U.S.A.: I. E. Clark, Inc., 19__);
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“A doctor is called to a tavern to handle an emergency illness. He realizes he must operate immediately and lays the horribly bloated patient on the counter and cuts open his stomach right there in front of everybody—and extracts ugly, grotesque dolls!
• “(Narrenschneiden may be translated as ‘the surgical removal of the follies that cause a man to make a fool of himself.’) For all groups. . . . (if a tavern setting is used, tavern patrons may be added as extras).”—Catalog of Plays and Musicals, 1996-1997 (Schulenburg, Texas, U.S.A.: I.E. Clark, 1996), p. 118.
• The allegorical comic surgery has echoes in American vaudeville and silent film comedies.
• Research could include Hans Sachs’ (1494-1576) Das Narrenschneiden (Berlin, Deutschland [Germany]: Verlag des Buhnenvolksbundes, 1926), LCCN 45-51594.
• A fastnachtspiel is a “Mardi Gras play”—sort of an April Fool joke—and Hans Sachs, the Meistersinger of Nuremberg, wrote many. This is one of his funniest. A doctor is called to a tavern to handle an emergency illness. He realizes he must operate immediately and lays the horribly bloated patient on the counter and cuts open his stomach right there in front of everybody—and extracts ugly, grotesque—dolls! (Narrenschneiden may be translated as “the surgical removal of the follies that cause a man to make a fool of himself.”) Three excellent character roles. “We certainly enjoyed doing the play—the audiences had fun & so did we.”—-Laura L. McKenzie, Stage Sixty-Six, Tucumcari, N. Mex. For all groups.
• On the approved list of short plays for contest for school year 2006-2007, updated 08/02/06 to include revisions beginning school year 2006-07, for the [Austin, Texas, U.S.A.] University Interscholastic League’s One-Act Play Contest. Founded in 1927, it is the largest high school play production contest or play festival in the world. More than 14,000 Texas high school students in more than 1,000 plays participate in 300 plus contests, which take place from the beginning of March through the three-day, 40-production State Meet One-Act Play Contest. The One-Act Play Contest is supported by more than 200 college and university faculty members serving as critic judges. The League’s theatre program is considered by historians to be the foundation of educational and community theatre in Texas. It continues to be a major factor motivating increasing numbers of schools to offer theatre arts as an academic subject.—UIL: Academics - Theatre/One-Act Play: Plays, http://www.uil.utexas.edu/academics/drama/plays.html, accessed August 20, 2006.
• Photograph of I. E. Clark from I. E. Clark Publications * Your Source for the Theatre, http://www.ieclark.com/about_ieclark.html, accessed November 20, 2006.
doll, medical treatment, operation, surgery, tavern.
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