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Androcles and the Lion
Androcles and the Lion
By James Engelhardt.

Cast: 4m., 3w. (Extras as desired.) Everyone knows this ancient tale of a runaway slave who stops to aid an injured lion, is recaptured, sent to the arena to be killed by the beasts, and is saved because of his random act of kindness. What you may not know, however, is that the tale is true! In the course of his research, author James Engelhardt found a translation of the ancient Roman tale that inspired both Aesop and George Bernard Shaw. It relates the eyewitness account of a man named Apion who actually saw the encounter between the slave, Androcles, and the grateful lion. "While the play scored high on the giggle meter, it also scores a high I.Q. because Engelhardt takes the high road to Rome, employing sophisticated language, complex characters (including three strong female roles), an endearing lion who doesn't need to speak, intriguing conflicts and a bag full of surprises that end the play with an emotional domino effect." (Chicago Tribune) Area staging. Approximate Running Time: 65 minutes.

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Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  A71
Cast Size:  7
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  57
Royalty:  $80.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  65 min.
Target Audience: Young Audiences
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Literary Classic
ISBN (10): 0871299143
James Engelhardt holds an M.F.A. from the Goodman School of Drama at the Art Institute of Chicago and a Certificate from Studio '68 of Theatre Arts, London. His plays and musicals have been produced internationally. The Fir Tree, a Theatre School premiere (with music and lyrics by Carol Weiss), was published by Dramatic Publishing in 1986. In 1990 he traveled ...More
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