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The Idiot King: The Tragedy of Greediness (2006)
  • Title: The Idiot King
  • Alternate Title: The Tragedy of Greediness
  • Holdings: script, video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:43:30
  • Language: English
  • Date: Jun 2006
  • Location: WOW Theater Café, New York City.
  • Type-Format: play, performance
  • Cast: Susana Cook, Consuelo Arias, Lucy Mackinnon, Anni Amberg, Soraya Odishoo, Karen Jaime, Julian Mesri, Jennifer Fomore, Amanda Salane, Jose Maria Garcia Armenter.
  • Credits: Susana Cook, producer, writer, director ; Narren Henry, videographer ; Julian Mesri, original score.

The Idiot King: The Tragedy of Greediness (2006)

Susana Cook's "The Idiot King" was presented at WOW Café and at Dixon Place a week before the Senate of the United States discussed an amendment to the Constitution that would ban the marriage of gay and lesbian couples. The amendment didn't pass, but some conservative Republicans announced that they will restart the discussion after a month. "The Idiot King" is about the Sanctity of Marriage and policy making. In the play the Idiot King and his Court discuss several issues affecting the world like Satan, global warming, the sanctity of marriage, abortion, and evil. The discussions are embedded within Christian religiosity, biased logic, and irony. The parody includes real quotes from some of the ruling discourse, making it difficult to tell them apart from the jokes.


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The Parade of the King
Loud Music. The King appears in heelys parading with his court. During the parade the King suffers an attack of paranoia. He starts having hallucinations, losing control and fighting against invisible ghosts.

King - Look at all this blood, it’s disgusting. Get all these bloody people out of my way. I can’t roller blade on top of dead bodies.

– There’s no dead bodies Majesty.

King – Out! Out of my way!

– Look at all the people who came to cheer you

King - Get them out! (Talking to a chair) I didn’t kill you, leave me alone

– There’s nobody in that chair majesty

King – You were supposed to be dead, why aren’t you dead?

– Who are you talking to?

King - Stop looking at me! Go home!

– Relax Majesty, you are just very tired

King –Bloody terrorists, leave me alone!