A Tale of Two Jesters

The King is surrounded by women, but his comfort is the Jester’s male humor, which the women of the castle can’t stand. The Queen persuades the King to give them—er, the Jester—a holiday. The temporary replacement, Mitch, is a big hit with the ladies, probably because his jokes are ghostwritten by his sister Miranda, who poses as Mitch’s servant.  Afraid for his job, the Jester disguises himself as a servant and gets Miranda demoted to serving wench. Miranda goes on strike, Mitch is on his own, and his new material is no laughing matter. When it comes to jokes for this court, it turns out that two heads are better than one.

3 Males, 6 Females, 1-3 Extras M/F

KING (M) surrounded by women, he is desperate for someone to understand him.

QUEEN (F) she loves a good joke, which means she didn’t hear it from the Jester.

PRINCESS GABIGAIL (F) she loves to talk, and talk, and talk, and talk.

PRINCESS BARBIE (F) she has roughly the same personality and IQ as the doll.

PRINCESS HILLARY (F) really hates sexist jokes, which is all she hears from the Jester.

JESTER (M) the royal Jester.  After 10 years, he finally gets a holiday.

MITCHELL (M) a temporary Jester who doesn’t know really know jokes–or his audience.

MIRANDA (F)  Mitch’s sister and joke-writer—she just wants the credit.

ROZZY (F) a scullery maid who, like all women in the castle, needs a break from the Jester.

EXTRAS (M/F) Guards & Courtiers at the Royal Table (small speaking parts), pages.


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