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Nguireane Sarr and ensemble. Photo by Rob Levine.

Beggars’ Strike, The

Aminita Sow Fall, author
Carlyle Brown, playwright
Kysia Bostic, composer


75 pgs. 6 female, 9 male
Originally produced in CTC’s 2001-2002 season
Audience Recommendation: 9+
Run Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes


The Beggars’ Strike tells the story of an Islamic West African community caught between the pressures of traditional and contemporary values. The government wants to increase tourism as a source of revenue and so decides to rid the city streets of the ragged beggars. But the beggars are essential to the spiritual life of the community, and they know it. As the government plans to remove the city beggars, the beggars decide to strike. The farcical conclusion includes an avalanche of mistaken identities, hilarious chaos, and befuddled orders.

“The Beggars’ Strike…is that rarest of theater shows: a sweet, cheery farce whose sharp writing and sublime humor don’t leave a venomous aftertaste.” –Minneapolis Star Tribune

Classroom Reading Fee: $50 per classroom, per semester
Amateur/Educational Royalty Fee: $100 per performance
Professional Royalty Fee: please inquire for a quote
The royalty fee includes permission to make copies of the perusal script for your cast.

Demo CD (with vocals) is available.


The Beggars' Strike

City's in an Uproar

Begging Bowl Bearers

Cous Cous in the Water


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