2 hours with intermission.
COWS OF WAR
Adapted From Aristophanes' play PEACE.
A Tennessee farmer rides a hot-air balloon to Mount Olympus to persuade the goddess Peace to return to earth. She will, but at a price. Meanwhile, the god War can't understand why he's not more liked, an overjobbed Hermes has to perform five weddings, and a militant vegan veterinary student leads a Chorus of cows into protesting their working conditions on the farm.
A wickedly subversive and scatalogical play based on Aristophanes' play PEACE. Originally commissioned by Washington Shakespeare Company for the 2008 Presidential election, and subsequently updated for Hunter College for the 2016 election.
Present day. Carthage, Tennessee, and Mount Olympus.
DARBY. Male. Resident philosopher-farmhand on a dairy farm.
TOONSIE. Same. Acts older and smarter but really isn’t.
GRALEO. Male. Gentleman farmer, inventor, politician. Doesn't actually farm himself.
GRALEA. GRALEO’s wife. Reads People magazine.
EIRENE. GRALEA’s neighbor. Militant vegan.
HERMES. Female. Underjobbed and overworked. Has boundary issues.
WAR. Preferably older male. Think Dick Cheney.
HAVOC. College boy. Think G.W. Bush.
PROFITEERs 1 and 2. A few years out of college. Sociopaths. Think the Winklevoss twins.
PEACE. Any age. Beautiful.
HARVEST and FESTIVAL. 15. Fraternal twin daughters of PEACE and HAVOC.
NEWSCASTER. Think Brian Williams or Diane Sawyer.
CHORUS. Cows and refugees. They are designated by ID numbers that correspond to years of significant wars. Feel free to rearrange/reassign some of the cow lines depending on your production needs. Ideally, each cow is distinct in voice, personality, and physicality, though they are dressed identically.
Production & Development History
- Production, Hunter College, 2016
- Workshop, Theater at Monmouth, 2016
- Production, Washington Shakespeare Company, 2008 (titled PEACE)