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The Fate of A Cockroach
A Modern Adaptation By

Ray Alcodray
(Adapted from the plays “Fate Of A Cockroach” and "Not A Thing Out of Place" by Tawfik Al-Hakim)

Cast of Cockroaches King Queen Minister Savant Priest

Cast of Humans Adil Samia Youssef Doctor

Ray Alcodray 1420 Dacosta Dearborn, MI 48128 U.S.A. 313 563 4126 info@arabtheater.org

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The play opens in the Cockroach kingdom. A place behind the wall of the home of Adil and Samia somewhere in the occupied lands of the Middle East. Lights Up KING: QUEEN: KING: QUEEN: KING: QUEEN: KING: QUEEN: Come along – It’s time for a day’s work. It’s not even dark yet! It will be any moment. Has the blinding light of day completely disappeared? Almost. Until it disappears completely, let me be, and don’t bother me. What laziness! What a state! I wasn’t sleeping you know. You must remember I have to make myself up. This beauty doesn’t come without a little effort. Don’t forget, I’m Queen! Heaven help all husbands. I’m the King. I’m exactly the same as you. There is a difference. And what might that difference be pray tell. My whiskers. Hah! Just as you have whiskers, so have I. Yes, but my whiskers are longer. That is a trifle of a difference. So it may seem to you. You mean to you. It’s your sick imagination that always makes it appear that there exists some difference between us. The difference is real – it can clearly be seen by anyone with eyes to see. If you don’t believe me, ask the Minister, the Priest, the Savant, or any of the worthy gentlemen of the royal court. The court!

KING: QUEEN: KING: QUEEN: KING: QUEEN: KING: QUEEN: KING: QUEEN:

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Please withhold the sarcasm! I have a growing feeling that you’ve begun a campaign to...

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