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A Village Fable

A Village Fable

By James Still. Music by Michael Keck. Adapted from the book In the Suicide Mountains by John Gardner.

Product Code: V30000

  • Musical
  • Drama
  • Cast size: ensemble (minimum 7 if doubled).
  • Awards: AATE Distinguished Play Award | ASSITEJ: Outstanding International Play for Young Audiences | The Charlotte B. Chorpenning Playwright Award

Rights and availability
This title can be licensed and sold throughout Canada, the United States.

* 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.

$10.95 /script

Min. Royalty Rate: $90/perf

In stock


This is a song about some stories that you've never been told
Stories kept secret from the young by the old
Here's a Village in a Valley next to mountains in the sky
A Village in a Valley where a River ran dry.

An incredible journey of humor, heart and heroes, A Village Fable is a musical fable about three souls who are shunned for being different: Chudu the Goat-Man, Armida the blacksmith's daughter, and Prince Christopher the violin-playing heir to the throne. These three stories weave in and out of each other, intertwining and finally overlapping when each character is pushed to the brink by pressures to conform to social, political and gender roles. Individually, Chudu, Armida and Prince Christopher head up into the mountains to jump. Once on the road, their paths not only intersect with each other and the dreaded Six-Fingered Man—they also come face-to-face with—themselves! Originally commissioned by the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum and premiered by the Honolulu Theatre for Youth, A Village Fable was developed in part with the support of New Visionsew Voices at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and in part with the support of the Sundance Playwrights Laboratory.


  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Musical
  • Product Code V30000
  • Cast Size 7
  • Min. Royalty Rate $90/perf
  • Cost $10.95
  • Approx. Run Time 90 min


  • Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | Family (all ages)
  • Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | TYA
  • Genre Drama
  • ISBN(13) 9781583420546
* 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

"We enjoyed the fable aspect of this show and the humor and sensitivity with which the serious issue of suicide was addressed."
Review by Christina Martin-Wright, MadCAP, Madison, Wis.
"This show is moving, timely and true. It was a perfect venue for our inclusive theater company as so many of our people have been treated marginally due to their differences."
Review by Linda Saupe, Stepping Stone Community Theater, Oakham, Mass.

Media Reviews

"Still… achieves in sound and action what Gardner does in words. The sound of poetry, the unrelenting rhythm, evoke a sense of ancient, sacred rites as if we were listening to our village elders perform a weighty, sonorous tale before a communal fire." -American Theatre magazine

"Inspirational. Bold. Exciting. Fun. Suspenseful. Surprising. Musical. Magical. Theatrical." -Main Line Times



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