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Things Can Always Be Worse!
Things Can Always Be Worse!
By Lois Kipnis.

Cast: 30 roles for a minimum of 8 actors. may be further expanded. Things Can Always Be Worse! is a delightful one-act comedy based on a well-known Rumanian folktale. One chaotic Chanukah eve, Papa teaches his family a lesson by retelling a story his father always told him. As the story unfolds, we meet Mendel and his large argumentative family who live in a tiny hut. One day, bemoaning the lack of space and quiet, Mendel's wife sends him to the rebbe for advice. Chaos and comedy follow after the rebbe advises him to bring the chickens, a cow and a goat into the hut. Audiences of all ages love the story, rich with Jewish traditions. The characters that populate Mendel's village are endearing, each with his or her own problems and advice for Mendel. The rebbe's lesson, "Things can always be worse," appeals to everyone. This script is extremely flexible and can be performed as is, or additional characters and dialogue can be added. Things Can Always Be Worse! can be performed by or for people of all ages. the play has evolved from years of improvising the folktale with children as young as 6 and with adults as old as 66. A variation of this version was performed by a Hebrew school confirmation class at their graduation. Bare stage with props.

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Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  One-Act
Catalog Code:  TB5
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  20
Royalty:  $40.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $7.95
Approx. Running Time:  45 min.
Target Audience: Young Audiences | Middle School
Performing Group: Middle Schools | High Schools | College Theatre | Senior Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy
ISBN (10): 0871299453
Lois Kipnis is a creative arts consultant with 40 years of experience as a drama teacher and arts administrator. Her publications include the one-act play Things Can Always Be Worse! and three books for teachers that she co-authored: Together We Can Improvise, Volume 1 (grades K-3) and Volume 2 (grades 4-6) (Alfred Music Publishing Co., 2011, 2012), and Have You ...More
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.

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