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Sassafras Cannon – Civil-war black comedy play

civil-war black comedy play

SASSAFRAS CANNON – CIVIL-WAR  BLACK COMEDY PLAY

Sassafras Cannon is a civil-war black comedy play highlighting and satirizing the follies of human nature, at its base. Featuring a set of characters ranging from the offbeat Bloodworth family, holding the reigns to a chocolate manufacturing corporation like the world has never seen, a lampooning version of President Jefferson Davis, a butler who seems a bit, well, evil, and even down to investors from overseas, all whom make their appearances, the show exaggerates America’s time-tested fascination with all characters wild and strange, all while twisting history into it’s own new version, all in a style reminiscing to the days of vaudeville shows and the Ziegfeld Follies.

Did you know that cocaine, now considered a drug, was in the original mix of Coca-Cola?
Did you know that Jefferson Davis is rumored to have been fleeing from the Union at the time of his capture in his wife’s clothing?

These are all facts and rumors that the play uses to perpetuate it’s story and satire, combined with intentional historical inaccuracies and rumors. Attendance at the production is recommended for those with both a sense of humor and a grasp of history.

Review from The Charlotte Observer:

The play, like many of my other script ideas, simply came to me one day out of the blue,” Starnes said. “I wanted to do a comedy on some sort of Willy Wonka-esque character and his especially eclectic family set during the Civil War, which would appeal to young adults and adults.

“Many of the details in the show were inspired by real-life facts found during my prewriting research. However, the play is not a documentary or historically accurate, following my motto that people – when attending an event such as a play – are seeking to be entertained rather than taught.”

Audiences are advised to bring a sense of humor, and parental guidance is suggested.

In Starnes’ play, there is no “fourth wall” between the audience and the storyline. The playwright said attendees “become part of the storyline” in the Museum of the Waxhaws’ auditorium.

Read about playwright Timothy Starnes.  Other plays (Tune in – TV comedy) by Timothy. 

Author: Timothy Starnes

Genre: Civil-war black comedy play

Type: Two-act play

Cast: Cast of 10-12 M 1-4F  (Housestaff can be played by either sex)

Ages of the actors: Adult

Suitable for: Parental guidance advised

Length: One and a half hours long

Set: A desk in the middle of the performance
space is necessary, desk chair included. Other
furniture is entirely optional.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – dark comedic characters 

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Cost is $6 for this well staged digital stage play

Contact Off The Wall Plays with any queries about Sassafras Cannon

Copyright © September 2015 Timothy Starnes and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other historical plays and dark comedies:

A house divided – four act civil war drama
Lies you can’t make up – drama script about JFK
Wilson – one act dulogue – a dark comedy
Death’s no laughing matter – two act black comedy

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DEDICATIONS:

For Ryan Fay, who is going on to do the great things everyone was expecting. If it wasn’t for him, this script would have been complete 6 versions ago.

For Beth Killion, whose amount of effort put into the costumes must have bailed out the entire craft industry. Homeschoolers and old ladies rejoice.

For Anna Claire, who listened to my weekly arguments with Ryan Fay in the car, citing that we sounded like an old married couple. Accurate.

For Hoke Pittman, who has been keeping my leading male characters rightfully sassy since 2013.

For Jasper Boykin, the original black butler.

For Lucas King, who made sure that the houseboy humor couldn’t be any bawdy or funnier.

For Katherine Pierce, whose realistic onstage wine-drinking couldn’t have come from no previous real life experience.

For Noah Tepper, the original Victorian emo. His hair color changes were part of those script versions.

For Carlos Vargas, whose constant mention of his male Cinderella adaptation never ceases to silence a room.

For Kevin Brennan, who has flashed more people than even the biggest career flashers, wearing his Jefferson Davis dress.

For Jessica Boyles, who died more times than anyone can count, in the show.

For Shawn Jones, the scariest investor in the ensemble.

For Camarin Chargualaf, who said “inherited chocolate empire” correctly on both running nights.

For Savannah Jillani, who maintains to look better in my clothes than I do.

For Tommie Wall and Sandra Glenn, who supported the project all the way to the stage, hiding some of it from the arts council along the way.

A House Divided – a civil war play in four acts

civil war play

A HOUSE DIVIDED – A CIVIL WAR PLAY IN FOUR ACTS

This period drama in four acts is set around the time of the American Civil War. It looks at the lives of ordinary Americans, as well as that of the President and his wife. It examines how the war affected everyone, from the common soldier, the President and his family, to the Sioux Indians and Negroes now fighting in the war that was meant to free them.  And although many people were crying out for an end to the war, it continued to its inevitable conclusion. For once events were set in motion, it became as impossible to stop, as it was possible to justify.

Author:  Sterling Cullipher

Genre: Period drama, civil war play

Type: Four act play

Length: Two hours

Level of Difficulty:  8/10 – the Old English can be challenging for some actors and audiences

Number of actors:Twenty Nine (29) 18M,  11F

Ages of  actors: All Teen to old age

Set: Various –  A few offices, a bedroom, a hospital and a field.

Read more about playwright Sterling Cullipher

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Cost is $5.50 for this new digital play script

Contact Off The Wall Plays with any queries regarding A House Divided

Copyright June 2013 Sterling Cullipher Off The Wall Play Publishers

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