A gangster farce
by Jon Mullich
loosely based upon Arlecchino Servitore di Due Padroni by Carlo Goldoni

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Felipe Galvez, Jon Mullich and Dan Cole in Servant of Two Masters


This hilarious adaptation takes stock Commedia del'Arte characters and reimagines them as archetypes from 1930s gangster films. Set in Prohibiton-era Chicago in the 1930s, this version finds an aspiring wiseguy in a heap of trouble when he finds himself working for both a beautiful woman disguised as her brother and the brutal Public Enemy Number One who is trying to become a reformed man. Throw in two rival mob bosses, a switchblade-toting hood and a gun moll with a food fetish and the result is a delightful whirlwind of romance and laughter.

This adaptation is available in an updated version titled A Piece of the Action.

Setup One set. Eighteen characters
This adaptation requires the production of two newsreel films and contains three musical numbers. The updated version titled A Piece of the Action does not require the newsreels or the musical numbers.
Reviews "Jon Mullich has adapted Carlo Goldoni's classic Italian farce, Arlecchino Servitore di Due Padroni, and has written wonderful parts actors can sink their teeth into, making for an enormously fun and satisfying production."
"Jon Mullich’s witty albeit loose adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s classic comedy successfully transplants the setting from 1750s Italy to Prohibition-era Chicago. The source of the production's charm is its continual motion and comic invention."
LA Weekly
Originally produced by Arroyo Repertory Theatre Pasadena, California
Directed by Jude Lucas
Original Cast

Federigo Rasponi
Florindo Aratusi
A Paper Boy
Pantalone dei Bisognosi
Violet Petal
Daisy Petal
Salvador Lombardi
Silvio Lombardi
Truffaldino Bottachio
Beatrice Rasponi
Rose D'Ambroise
Clarice dei Bisognosi
Wolfgang von Stippel
Newsreel Announcer
Don Vomitato Appena
J. Edgar Hoover

Tony Keyes
Doug Rynerson
Alexander Rynerson
John Serembe
Penelope Psaltiras
Melody Doyle
Frank Novak
Robert Vestal
Jon Mullich
Di Burbano
Katsy Chappel
Dan Cole
Felipe Galvez
Davida Bourland
Ed Brigadier
Eddie Frierson
Jeff Shevlowitz
Daniel Pickett
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A Servant of Two Masters received Honorable Mention recognition from the Garland Awards for Outstanding Adaptation

The author is a member of the Dramatist's Guild of America