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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- Type of Show One-act Play
- Product Code AF7000
- Cast Size 3
- Min. Royalty Rate $45/perf
- Cost $8.95
- Approx. Run Time 40 min
- Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages) | Senior Adults
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | TYA | Touring Group
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9781583427798
- "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