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Aunt Leaf

Aunt Leaf

By Barbara Wiechmann.

Product Code: AF7000

  • One-act Play
  • Drama
  • Cast size: 3 actors, gender flexible. Expansion possible.

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It is 1910. Annabelle, a quiet 11-year-old, and her depressed and lonely great-aunt Leaf develop a secret ritual of storytelling. Each night the old lady sends the child into the woods to look for the ghost of her dead husband. Each night the girl brings back stories—made-up "proof" of her uncle—to cheer up the old woman. Annabelle's fibs grow into stories, and her stories grow into tall tales. As she wanders deeper into the forest each night, she soon comes to believe her own stories are true. The shared adventure, both dangerous and hopeful, serves as a dual passage for the child into adolescence and the old woman into a more peaceful death. A tale from the dark woods of the Hudson River Valley—and the darker woods of the imagination.


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  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show One-act Play
  • Product Code AF7000
  • Cast Size 3
  • Min. Royalty Rate $50/perf
  • Cost $9.95
  • Approx. Run Time 40 min


  • Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages)
  • Performing Group High School | College Theatre | TYA | Touring Group
  • Genre Drama
  • ISBN(13) 9781583427798
* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

Customer Reviews

"This is my favorite play that we have performed over the years! It's a perfect competition piece about the power of storytelling and the imagination ; visually, it also beautifully complements the fall season when our one-act competition takes place. And what I most love about it (as a HS-level director with sometimes unexpected cast changes) is that the roles are flexible as the whole cast from 3-20 tells the story!"
Review by Stephanie Cassell, John I. Burton HS, Norton, Va.
"This was an absolute wonder to produce. Our cast and crew loved being able to build the characters and the freedom to create the world we were in. We took this to our state competition and earned Superiors in every category! "
Review by Shawntera Kennedy, Sturgis Brown High School, Sturgis, S.D.
"A powerful story that encourages actors to explore the depths of their abilities."
Review by Kelsea Whittemore, Dedham High School, Dedham, Mass.

Media Reviews

"[A] celebration of the power of storytelling." -nytheatre.com

"Spine-tingling … Wiechmann chooses to tell her story without traditional characters or scenes … [The actors] narrate the story, each taking turns portraying Annabelle, Aunt Leaf and the other family members. I wish as many [children] as possible could see Aunt Leaf, for then they would learn how a well-told tale and one's own imagination are all that are required to chill the blood and fire the mind. That would truly be educational." -Backstage

"This is very cerebral, very deliberately arty theatre, dressed in shades of sepia both literally and figuratively. The play is a fable, written in lovely image-filled prose." -nytheatre.com