Theater: Plays

'The Man Who Laughs'

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Alicia Nyblade (student)

Production Description

Casting "The Man Who Laughs," to be produced as the playwright's undergraduate senor thesis project. It will be performed as a staged reading, with actors on book and performing simple blocking.

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Runs June 9 & 10 at the University of California, Riverside in Riverside, CA.


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Synopsis: "The Man Who Laughs", based on the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo, is set in England, beginning in the year 1690. Gwynplaine, the son of the rebellious Lord Clancharlie, is disfigured with a Glasgow smile by orders of King James II so the boy may "laugh at his foolish father". Having fled the men who disfigured him and knowing nothing of his noble background, Gwynplaine survives a deadly blizzard, rescues a blind infant girl named Dea, and finds shelter with an unlikely patriarch, Ursus. Gwynplaine grows up performing in the carnivals of England, where his grin forever marks him as “The Man Who Laughs”. By 1705, Gwynplaine, Ursus, and Dea are performing at London’s Southwark Fair. Gwynplaine and Dea fall deeply in love, but when their show attracts the attention of the sensuous Duchess Josiana, her fetishistic lust for the disfigured Gwynplaine threatens to tear the two lovers apart. Meanwhile, the devious Barkilphedro, a malicious servant of Queen Anne, uncovers Gwynplaine's aristocratic origins, with tragic results.