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Riddle Me Ree

Riddle Me Ree

By Martha Bennett King. Based on the ballad "King John and the Abbot of Canterbury."

Product Code: R97000

  • One-act Play
  • Cast size: 8m., 5w.
  • Awards: The Charlotte B. Chorpenning Playwright Award

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This title can be licensed and sold throughout the World.

* 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.

$7.95 /script

Min. Royalty Rate: $40/perf

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Synopsis

This beguiling work by a master of playwriting allows subtle audience participation. Out of the medieval sport of riddles, a spell is woven of laughter, life and death while involving the audience in song and suspense. Riddles, now the delight of children, were once a sport-of-wits for adults. The ancient ballad on which this play is based tells of a king who forgot the laughter behind the shout: "Answer my riddle or pay me a fee!" The envious king raises the stakes to grim heights, commanding a wealthy abbot to answer three impossible riddles at peril of his wealth and his head. The queen, her ladies, the court jesters, an evil astrologer and even the audience become involved—first in spirited riddle songs and questions, then step-by-step in growing concern for the despairing and doomed abbot. It is the scorned step-brother of the abbot, a simple singing shepherd, whose wit and courage bring the day to an astonishing climax. Music in book.

Details

  • Status

    Out of stock

  • Type of Show One-act Play
  • Product Code R97000
  • Cast Size 13
  • Min. Royalty Rate $40/perf
  • Cost $7.95
  • Approx. Run Time 40 min

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* 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.