By Louise Thistle.
Cast: 5m., 5w. (may be played with 7 to 14m. Or w.) Petite Rouge discloses her despair that Francois can't find the courage to ask her to the Masked Ball. Unemployed Rene wants to date Petite, but his approach—rampaging through the woods on his motorcycle—turns her off. Across the forest, attractive Celeste, owner of Granny's Costume Shop, is also uninvited because no one believes a liberated businesswoman wants dates. The unhappy characters seek help from five world-weary pine trees, including Grandma and Grandpa who, at 302 years old, are hoping someone will give them a break and chop them down! Winner of the London Player-Playwrights competition as Best Play of the Year. Alternate Christmas version included. Area staging. Approximate Running Time: 30 minutes.