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The King of the Golden River

The King of the Golden River

Adapted by James Still. From the book by John Ruskin.

Product Code: K39000

  • Full-length Play
  • Cast size: 6 either gender (cross gender casting permitted) with doubling, or up to 16 either gender with roles distributed.

    Livestream and Record & Stream Rights Available

  • 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.

$9.95 /script

Min. Royalty Rate: $85/perf

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Synopsis

Part fairy tale, part Dickens—The King of the Golden River is a mysterious story that explores how greed and cruelty threaten to destroy the river and the surrounding valley. It depicts how kindness (not magic) finally restores the area to its natural beauty. In a prologue where an insensitive tour guide proudly points out nuclear reactors, complex highway systems and industrial technology, an old man angrily protests the Golden River's current environmental ruin. Although most of the tourists dismiss the old man, one young boy lingers and proves to be a skeptical, but active audience for the old man's tale of a young boy who long ago conquered his brothers' cruelties and saved the Golden River through his compassion. The heart of the play is the boy's adventure story that includes surprising characters such as the southwest wind and the king who turns the evil brothers into dark stones. The original production at the California Theatre Center was set in the American Southwest in the 1800s and theatrically used Native American rituals, sounds and images.

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Details

  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Full-length Play
  • Product Code K39000
  • Cast Size 6
  • Min. Royalty Rate $85/perf
  • Cost $9.95
  • Approx. Run Time 70 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.

Customer Reviews

"This contains a great message about the impact of greed on the environment. The three brothers are demanding roles requiring a lot of physicality. The other roles are relatively minor, but doubling is possible. "
Review by Kate Olena, Nichols School, Buffalo, N.Y.

Hints, Tips, and Tricks

"We used ensemble-style puppets for several roles to achieve some special effects. "
Tip by Kate Olena, Nichols School, Buffalo, N.Y.