First Class ~ A Hicks From the Sticks Hoax in One Act

First Class ~ A Hicks From the Sticks Hoax in One Act. One-act "farce" by Ludwig Thoma. Translated and adapted by Alma Thieme.

Ludwig Thoma wrote FIRST CLASS in 1910. It debuted on August 12, 1910 in a folk theater in Egern/Tegernsee. And then "debuted" again in Munich on March 4, 1911.

Alma Thieme has taken Ludwig Thoma's raucous romp and made it relevant for a US public. She preserved the turn-of-the-20th-century setting, but action takes place in rural Texas instead of Munich, Germany.

The bawdy, funny tale (PG-content, not R-rated) of the politician with a self-inflated ego matching wits with a country bumpkin he deems "beneath" him will keep your audience in stitches. Sometimes the dialog and action border on the slapstick, and indeed, it would have found resonance with vaudevillian performers. Nevertheless, the serious heart never stops beating, and Thoma's patented folk wisdom wins out, as usual.

Nine players in all: 7 adult males, 2 adult females, and 2 smaller roles (junior and senior conductor) that could be either male or female if necessary.

$10/script. Must order either 1 only for perusal, or minimum of 10 for the cast and director.

Royalties: $50 for first performance, $35 for each additional performance. No percentage of ticket sales.

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ISBN 0-9767183-5-9. Printed on acid-free paper.

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