Samples of Richard Esvang’s work as a playwright. Both plays have been produced.

The Adventure

The Adventure,  is a wildly absurd reimagining of Rudyard Kipling’s, novella  “The Man Who Would Be King.” The play, written to be performed by three comedic actors playing 18 bizarre and unique characters, “The Adventure” is an epic comedy where, the hero, Buddy and his sidekick Frank meet for the first time at the bottom of a merchant vessel bound for Hong Kong. Together they go on a globe-trotting journey to find Buddy’s true destiny. Their journey is a constant collision with the strange and ludicrous.

This play came to be written from an idea to develop a small cast show that would feel large and sweeping in nature, yet could be produced in an intimate manner. The energy and pace is quick and succinct. There is also a great sense of humanity to the piece, which is underscored by the use of dramatic music and visual cues.

The Adventure is social satire, comic absurdity and an old vaudeville show all rolled into one unhinged odyssey of conflict and redemption. This Play was originally produced at Arrrow Rock Lyceum Theatre in August of 1994

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Richard Esvang