Born a hunchback, Quasimodo finds himself in love with Fleur, a wealthy socialite hoping for a position with the queen. Frollo, Quasimodo’s brother, seeks to influence the queen, and Fleur easily agrees to be his pawn but refuses to become his wife. Enraged, Frollo tricks Quasimodo into a plan to kill Fleur. Seeking to free Quasimodo from his heartache, Esmerelda, a kind, brave gypsy woman, also designs to kill Fleur. Easy staging with a single bench. Based on the characters in “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame” by Victor Hugo.
REID CONRAD TALKS ABOUT HUNCHBACK:
Q: What inspired you to write this play?
A: The classic 1939 film, starring Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, the the very sinister Cedric Hardwicke provided the initial inspiration. After viewing the film many years ago I read the Victor Hugo novel and felt inspired to bring some of the original material to my version of the story.
Q: What is your favorite part of this play? Why?
A: The betrayal of Quasimodo by Frollo, the one man he trusts implicitly, can be a chilling moment if played for that effect.
Q: What did you try to achieve with this play?
A: I tried to achieve something closer to the original story - a less commercialized version, if you will.