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A Village Fable (60-minute version)
A Village Fable (60-minute version)
ASSITEJ: Outstanding International Plays for Young Audience

"Inspirational. Bold. Exciting. Fun. Suspenseful. Suprising. Musical. Magical. Theatrical." —Main Line Times

"Still… achieves in sound and action what Gardner does in words. The sound of poetry, the unrelenting rhythm, evoke a sense of ancient, sacred rites as if we were listening to our village elders perform a weighty, sonorous tale before a communal fire." —American Theatre Magazine

Po'okela Award for "Best New Play" —The Hawaii State Theatre Council
Musical drama. By James Still. Music by Michael Keck. Adapted from the book In the Suicide Mountains by John Gardner.

Cast: Ensemble (minimum 7 if doubled). "This is a song about some stories that you've never been told/Stories kept secret from the young by the old/There's a Village in a Valley next to mountains in the sky/A Village in a Valley where a River ran dry." An incredible journey of humor, heart and heroes, A Village Fable is a musical fable about three souls who are shunned for being different: Chudu the Goat-Man, Armida the blacksmith's daughter, and Prince Christopher the violin-playing heir to the throne. These three stories weave in and out of each other, intertwining and finally overlapping when each character is pushed to the brink by pressures to conform to social, political and gender roles. Individually, Chudu, Armida and Prince Christopher head up into the mountains to jump. Once on the road, their paths not only intersect with each other and the dreaded Six-Fingered Man—they also come face-to-face with—themselves! Originally commissioned by the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum and premiered by the Honolulu Theatre for Youth, A Village Fable was developed in part with the support of New Visions/New Voices at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and in part with the support of the Sundance Playwrights Laboratory. Area staging. Approximate Running Time: 60 minutes.

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90-minute playbook

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Music Samples
A Village In a Valley
He'll Slay Dragons
Spar! Defend! Guard! Proceed!
Up to the Moon
No Shoes
It Tastes Like
Hello Shoes - No Shoes
I'm Going Crazy
Let's Eat
Dance Through the Night

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Musical
Catalog Code:  V31
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  66
Royalty:  $80.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  60 min.
Target Audience: Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 158342055x
Publication Date: 04/19/2001
James Still's award-winning plays have been produced at theatres throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, China and Australia. He is the playwright-in-residence at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, artistic affiliate with American Blues in Chicago, a winner of the William Inge Festival's Otis Guernsey New Voices in American Theatre Award, the Medallion for Sustained Achievement from the Children's Theatre Foundation ...More
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This title can only be licensed/sold in the U.S. and Canada
* 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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