The Coward

  • By Nick Jones
  • Directed by Sam Gold

Nominated for 4 Lucille Lortel Awards, including Outstanding Play (Winner for Best Supporting Actress: Kristen Schaal and Best Costume Design: Gabriel Berry

First produced by Lincoln Center/LCT3, 2010

A period comedy set in 18th century England. A cowardly young gentleman named Lucidus initiates a pistol duel then finds that he can’t go through with it. He hires a common criminal to fight in his place, only to have the scoundrel make a bloody mess of things. As duel follows duel with many shots fired, this coward finds his reputation growing beyond his wildest expectations.


Script available through Samuel French.



“A deadly funny comedy!….Nick Jones is a natural born writer of lean, witty jokes with a keen ear for bombast punctuated with waggish anachronism. Sam Gold coaxes solid performances from everyone in this handsome and skillful production.”

-David Cote, Time Out New York

“The Coward is ridiculous in the best possible way. Mr. Jones spoof of English period dramas is funny and Mr. Gold and the cast render its comedy captivating.”

-New York Observer

“A perfectly structured comedy…hilarious and sly and witty.”

-Tom Sellar, Village Voice

“The Coward has a smart aleck sensibility with a touch of vaudevillian gore. Playwright Nick Jones shows great promise.”

-New York Post

“Stylish, Witty and Clever.”


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