THE TRAGEDY OF KING FAROUK I OF EGYPT

By: Jack Donehey-Nykiel


CHARACTERS

Fouad I-first King of Egypt

Farouk I-His son, soon to become king

Fawzia I-Farouk I¹s daughter

Fouad II-Farouk I¹s son

Wazir(s)-Advisor(s) to King Farouk I (number option of director)

Gamal Abd-el-Nasser-Head general of the army

Hosni Mubarak-Another

Mullah #1-A Mullah who was an aide to Farouk I and Fouad I

Mullah #2-Another, ran Farouk¹s children¹s personal Madrassah (Islamic
school)

 

ACT I

(the scene is the royal bedchamber of the Egyptian Royal Palace. FOUAD I is dying on his bed. FAROUK¹S sister, princess FAWZIA, as well as his WIVES are weeping over the dying body of FOUAD I)

FOUAD I-I doth hereby bequeath the throneŠunto my only son, Farouk, and to my daughter, Fawzia.

MULLAH #1-O, Sayyid! May¹st thou beeth welcom¹d by God with open arms! For thou hast brought Egypt unto a state of glory not seen since the days of the dynasty of Abbas!

MULLAH #2-God blesseth thee!

FOUAD I-And so now I doth thus die! (dies).

(The IMAM and MULLAHS lift the lifeless body of FOUAD I and put it into a coffin. FAROUK I, the IMAM, PRINCE FOUAD II, PRINCESS FAWZIA I, and the MULLAHS go to address the crowd).

IMAM-O people! O Egyptians! Thy belovéd king and ruler, the venerable Fouad I, hath just died. Let us mourneth him.

(they take a moment of silence to remember their belovéd ruler).

MULLAH #1-Now, prince Farouk I will now be officially crowned Khalifa of our great land, and Princess Fawzia our queen! All hail King Farouk I!

TOWNSPEOPLE-All Hail King Farouk I!

MULLAH #2-All hail Queen Fawzia I!

TOWNSPEOPLE-All hail!

(enter GAMAL ABD-EL-NASSER and HOSNI MUBARAK, stage right)

GAMAL ABD-EL-NASSER-(aside) O would that there were no oppression! O would that we were rich!

HOSNI MUBARAK-(aside) O would that we had not such a worldly king! O would that he followed righteous Islam!

(All of a sudden, upon looking, GAMAL ABD-EL-NASSER and HOSNI MUBARAK notice each other, and realize their mutuality of thought).

GAMAL ABD-EL-NASSER-(grabbing HOSNI MUBARAK by the arm excitedly) O my friend! Seest thou it surely as I doth?

HOSNI MUBARAK-Yea, good sir! Farouk doth be a tyrant and must beeth o¹erthrown!

GAMAL ABD-EL-NASSER-I shalt formulateth a plan of revolution the next time we doth meet. Salaam!

HOSNI MUBARAK-Adieu!

(Exit HOSNI MUBARAK stage right).

GAMAL ABD-EL-NASSER-(aside) O, this night and day be the night and day of all nights and days! Our revolution shalt cometh to pass, and thou, O Farouk, thou inhuman dog, shalt ne¹er seeth again honor¹s glorious light, but instead shalt feeleth as we commoners doth---yea---a king on the outside looking in! (To the audience) Now, good audience, ye shalt seeth how a revolutionary doth make his mark!

(Enter SOLDIERS, stage right and left)

SOLDIERS-Ye doth say that ye planneth to o¹erthroweth the Khalifa? We shalt doeth so gladly! Hayya-l-Misr! (Long Live Egypt!).

(They, along with many others, sneak up to the royal palace. They fire gunshots in the air, shouting pro-democratic slogans, actors must improvise; they can be in Arabic or English; it doesn¹t matter).

PALACE GUARDS-(shooting at the rebels)

(The REBELS storm the palace)

FAROUK I-What shalt I doeth?

WAZIR #1-I doth think that thou shouldst abdicate.

WAZIR #2-I doth think that thou shouldst keepeth on fighting!

FAROUK I-Then I doth know what I shalt doeth. I shalt abdicateth, but giveth the throne unto mine infant son, Fouad II!

(walks onto the balcony)

FAROUK I-I doth hereby give the throne unto my young son King Fouad II! And if ye liketh not that, tough beans!

GAMAL ABD-EL-NASSER-(aside) Nay, Prince Fouad be prince no more, and ne¹er shalt he [beeth] the king,, for tyranny doth lead unto death!

MULLAH #2-(aside) Yea, but a noble death! A death for the glorious nation, which thou didst ruleth! (kneeling) God, welcometh unto thy grace the most noble King Farouk I of Egypt, who hath for his nation died and by way of the strength that wast by thee upon him most righteously bestowed!

(One of the other REBELS stabs MULLAH #2 in the back with a sword and MULLAH
#2 dies)

(Exeunt omnes).

MY OTHER PLAYS

Al-Yawm Al-Qiyama (Arabic: The Day Of Judgement, based on the Islamic concept of the Judgdement Day)

The Great Mullah Part One

The Great Mullah Part Two

The Tragedy Of King Faisal II Of Iraq

The Tragedy Of King Farouk I Of Egypt

The Tragedy Of King Alfonso XIII Of Spain (about his overthrow by Communist and Fascist forces in 1931)

Iraqi Vengeance (about what I hope happens to Saddam now that he is caught)

The Vengeance Of Alfonso Romero (based on an old Mexican corrido (ballad))

An American In Scacromonte (about an American living among Spanish gypsies in the famous caves of Sacromonte on the outskirts of Granada in the South of Spain)


 

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