Waxworks

Written by:

Trina Davies

Cast Size:
8

Roles For:

  • Men: 4
  • Women: 4

Genre:

Historical

Themes:

18th Century
Art
French
History
Revolution
Women

Length:

110 min.

Year Written:

2007

Synopsis:

1789. The edge of the French Revolution, and a young Madame Tussaud (Marie Grosholz) is recalled from her post at the Palace of Versailles back to Dr. Curtius’ Wax Salon in the heart of Paris.

Reunited with her mother and her mentor, she is introduced to the most influential people in Paris, including Maximilien Robespierre, who takes a particular interest in her art. As the revolution descends into shadow, Marie is forced to confront the remains of those she has befriended, whose waxen images must be set with signs that identify them as “patriots” or “enemies”.

Waxworks is an exploration of the tales we are told, the heroes and villains we create, and the life of an extraordinary artist who developed the first world-wide brand in entertainment history.

Characters:

Marie Grosholz

Dr. Philippe Curtius

Maximilien Robespierre

Madame Grosholz

Princesse de Lamballe/A

Charlotte Corday/Madame Elisabeth/B

Comte de Lorge/C

Jailer/D

Note: Opportunity to single-cast A/B/C/D to increase cast to 12, and to add even more additional chorus members to increase cast size as desired.

First Produced:

2007, Winner of the Alberta Playwrights Network Playwriting Competition

Resources:

Waxworks is available through the CPO Website.

For more information about the playwright and her work, visit the CWPO collection.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

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