The Not King (Workshop)

an absurd comedy exploring the royalization of celebrity in America

Act I: A marriage in the Land of Fame

THE NOT KING is the story of a would be could be King in the Land of Fame.

At the wedding of the King of Not and the Princess of Why, tensions are high as the Ruler of the Land of Fame is not yet ready to release his hold on the throne. The nuptials of his daughter should bring him joy, but what that means to his power in the Land weighs on him much heavier. With the help of his right hand man, Albert, and his son, Leo, the Ruler sets a plot in motion to make a quick end to their marriage.

Meanwhile, Not and Why have other plans. They are ready to take control of the Land of Fame. Ready to reap the benefits of their new union. Ready for all their dreams to come true… But life in the Land is not that easy.

Unless you are the Star of the Land, who makes a surprise appearance at the wedding reception, to sing a tune and renew his commitment to the Ruler through his agent, Don United, a close friend of the Ruler and of Not… But friendships in the Land are also not so easy.

A choice is made.

A dagger drawn.

An act ends…


Here we are Hyde Park!

LiveWire is delighted to be given the opportunity to start workshopping a new play, THE NOT KING by Joshua Aaron Weinstein, under the direction of Chris Zdenek.

We will be at the University of Chicago’s University Theatre from August 1 – 14 as part of their Summer Inc. program.

Our goal for this workshop is to build Act I of the three act play. We have invited a bunch of our actor friends to help us play around with the characters and story that Weinstein has created, and develop a script together.

Here, we will provide a journal of our time.