ISBN: 978-1-61588-174-1
Type: Full Length
Genres: Comedy, Classics
Themes: Fairy Tale, Scheming, Classic Adaptations
Duration: 100 minutes
Speaking Cast: 12 females, 8-9 males (20-21 total cast)
Flexibility: 0-10 extras, doubling possible
SYNOPSIS: New Topia is a country ahead of its time. King Joseph IV, Joe to his subjects, believes in a society without separation of classes. This way of life is working well until the arrival of Dardalus, a conman posing as a royal consultant. With the help of his beautiful accomplice, Vashti, the king’s own haughty and corrupt sister, Crazella, and her idiotic twin sons, Dardalus wreaks havoc on New Topia, scaring people into giving up their freedom and driving out the king's beloved, Eleanor. Despite warnings from Theresa, “the dumb prophet of New Topia,” Dardalus convinces the king that there are traitors in New Topia. He persuades the king to don “magical robes” that can only be seen by those truly loyal to New Topia in order to find these traitors. Join Joe, Dardalus, Theresa, and the rest of the kingdom for an exciting and adventurous new take on one of history's most loved fables.
Lenoir City High School
lenoir City, TN
sauk prairie high school
sauk city, WI
Corona del Sol High School
Tempe, AZ
Jim Elliot Christian High School
Lodi, CA
I taught Animal Farm in English 9 for a number of years and have been a fan of George Orwell since I was in high school myself. I wrote An Emperor Exposed as an expression of his warning about the temptations to which humans too often succumb when placed in leadership roles. Even a nice guy like Joe can become a cold, dispassionate dictator when he loses sight of his ideals and his idealism.

The Emperor's New Clothes was a childhood favorite of mine, so it became a natural vehicle for the play. I wanted the play to appeal not only to high school students, but to the parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts who are the bread and butter of any high school theatre program. Where would we be if they were not willing to sit through multiple performances of the same play over a weekend? Thus were born the Hagg sisters for the older folks, Mordred and Eldred for the youngsters, and Teresa S. for anyone who has an appreciation for the simply weird. And, required for any play about a king in my humble opinion, you'll note a number of Monty Python-esque moments.

Blessed with a very large and active theatre arts program, I was able to cast seniors in all of the major roles. In particular, the girls who played Ima, Yora and Hoosa had a tremendous time coming up with individual personality quirks for the sisters Hagg. All in college these days, they still use quips from the show in their Facebook musings now and then. We also managed to fit a large number of younger performers on stage as extras in the crowd scenes at the palace which added to the fun.

Thank you kindly for considering my play, and please feel free to forward any questions or comments my way. Dean Dyer

Western High School - Parma, MI
Western High School - Parma, MI
Western High School - Parma, MI
Western High School - Parma, MI
Western High School - Parma, MI
Western High School - Parma, MI
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