NOTES ABOUT THE PLAY:
I see the play as requiring the actors to perform with a serious demeanor
in order to enhance the nightmarish and grotesque effect of their words
and actions. The performers should not display any awareness of the
irony of what they are revealing
if they do, they will deprive
the audience of the chief pleasure the play can provide: the chance
to discover for themselves the true nature of the world that is projected.
Let the audience have the fun.
As to the sets: they must be kept simple and abstract. No need for any
but the sketchiest props. The words and the actions will, it is hoped,
provide enough of the special reality of Child of Destiny. A table,
a chair or two would be sufficient for most scenes. Maybe a painted
backdrop in a couple of places. The actors can often use pantomime gestures
in place of physical props.
to the cast: although there are thirteen speaking parts (seventeen if
the "Options" are counted as separate roles). The actual cast
would be much smaller. A number of roles MUST be double cast.
Thus: one actress plays the following roles:
The Options-A through E
other actress plays these roles:
supporting male roles, there can be some double casting, but it is not
essential. For example, one actor might play both Mr. Light and George
Caseman, and another actor might do both Mr. Dark and Mr. Mann.
Thus the play can be done with a cast of two actresses and either five
or seven male actors
for speaking roles. The "Invisible on
stage audiences" could be tape recorded or could be done live.
The movers in scene five would indeed be stagehands
the action of the play comes in eleven scenes:
I. The Dedication
II. The Qualifying Board
III. The Agency of Options
IV. The Chamber of Degrees
V. The Inauguration
VI. The World of Work
VII. Back to the Nest
VIII. The Salon
IX. Return to The Chamber of Degrees
X. The Citation
XI. After the Reception
one intermission-between Scene Five and Scene Six
Herman (the Chief Judge)
Mr. Mann (The hairdresser)
Miss Miss (The manicurist)
note that the scroll that appears in the first scene will reappear in
each of the following scenes
each time purporting to contain a
new text. It is essential that the audience be aware of the recurrent
appearance of the scroll.
Original Playbill: (illustrated by Post)