longest titles



  • The longest play title of recent times was almost certainlyThe Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performedby the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the Direction of theMarquis de Sade by Peter Weiss (1964). Publicists and playbilldesigners shortened this to the Marat/Sade. Some other longtitles in the theater have included The History of Two ValiantKnights, Sir Clyomon Knight of the Golden Shield, Son to the Kingof Denmark, and Clamydes the White Knight, Son to the King of Suavia,a romantic comedy produced in London by the King's Men in 1577, OhDad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You In the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad (1960),a black comedy by the US playwright Arthur Kopit (1937 - ),for coloured girls who have considered suicidewhen the rainbow is enuf (1974) by Ntozake Shange (1948 - ),and The Rebirth Celebration of the Human Race at Artie Zabala's Off-Broadway Theatre by William Saroyan.

    The contemporary playwright with the strongest penchant for long titles is undoubtedly Tony Kushner, whose works include Yes, Yes, No, No: The Solace of Solstice, Apogee/Perigee, Bestial/Celestial Holiday Show(1985), Reverse Transcription: Six Playwrights Bury a Seventh, a Ten Minute Play That's Nearly Twenty Minutes Long (1996), and The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures(2009).

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