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The Scarlet Heart

The Scarlet Heart

by Allison Williams

The Scarlet Heart is a gem! Literally. A big fat juicy apple of a ruby that everyone really, really wants and will do anything to get. Too bad there's not one competent thief in the bunch. Stupino! That's a soup ladle! Stop making goo goo eyes at the soup ladle!

Welcome to Theatrefolk's first commedia dell'arte comedy. This is an excellent introduction to commedia for any student performer. The script can be performed as written or by following an improv-based scenario.

Join Arlecchino, Brighella, Columbina, and more in their hungry, thirsty, bungling, cross-dressing quest for the Scarlet Heart.

Comedy Commedia dell'arte Movement-based

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Recommended for High Schools and Middle Schools

About 30 minutes
Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks
10 Characters
4 M | 3 W | 3 Any Gender
Unit Set
59 pages
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Praise for The Scarlet Heart

Mike Yoson
Piscataway High School
We had so much fun producing The Scarlet Heart! Allison Williams created a perfect play to introduce student actors to the world of commedia. There was structure within the text but also so much freedom to explore and be creative. We even had one talented student create all of the Commedia masks! It really was a joy to work on this production!

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