Drama. Adapted by Gregory A. Falls. Based on the book by Jean Merrill.
Cast: 5m., 3w., with doubling, or up to 46 (13m., 11w., 22 either gender). A war begins with a Daffodil Massacre and ends with a Cantaloupe Day! Here is an action-packed allegory set in the 21st century. In 2011, a television documentary program recaps the 1991 Pushcart War in New York City. The war began when Mack, driving a mammoth moving truck, ran over the pushcart belonging to Morris the florist. Morris was pitched headfirst into a pickle barrel and daffodils were scattered everywhere. This calamity was part of a grand conspiracy by the three largest trucking firms in the city to remove all pushcarts, automobiles and taxis from the streets of New York. The pushcart peddlers fought back with a secret weapon, and the battle with the trucks raged on and on. Finally, the peddlers staged a peace march, but even this did not stop the trucks and the mayor charged the pushcarts with disturbing traffic. The people of New York, however, came to the peddlers' defense in a startling conclusion. Production notes are available in the script containing drawings of props, as well as details on scenery. One-wheeled truck and pushcart props. Fanciful sound effects and tumbling. Costumes: a combination of vaudeville and cartoon, with half-masks and exaggerated contemporary costumes. Approximate running time: 65 minutes.