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The Yellow Boat

The Yellow Boat

By David Saar.

Product Code: Y29000

  • Full-length Play
  • Drama | Tragedy
  • Cast size: 4m., 3w.

    Limited Streaming Rights Available

  • Awards: AATE Distinguished Play Award | ASSITEJ: Outstanding International Play for Young Audiences

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This title can be licensed and sold throughout the World.

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$11.95 /script

Min. Royalty Rate: $110/perf

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The story of The Yellow Boat is a glorious affirmation of a child's life and the strength and courage of all children. This dramatization is based on the true story of David and Sonja Saar's son, Benjamin, who was born with congenital hemophilia and died in 1987 at the age of 8 of AIDS-related complications. A uniquely gifted visual artist, Benjamin's buoyant imagination transformed his physical and emotional pain into a blaze of colors and shapes in his fanciful drawings and paintings. A Scandinavian folksong tells of three little boats: "One was blue, one was red and one was yellow as the sun. They sailed far out to sea. The blue one returned to the harbor. The red one sailed home, too. But the yellow boat sailed up to the sun." Benjamin always concluded his bedtime ritual by saying, "Mom, you can be the red boat or the blue boat, but I am the yellow boat." Benjamin's remarkable voyage continues to touch audiences around the world. Recommended for children age 8 and older, parents, families and adults. Music in book.


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  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Full-length Play
  • Product Code Y29000
  • Cast Size 7
  • Min. Royalty Rate $110/perf
  • Cost $11.95
  • Approx. Run Time 75 min


  • Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages)
  • Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre
  • Genre Drama | Tragedy
  • ISBN(13) 9780876023525
* 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 show is amazing. The style and writing capture the amazing emotion of the show. It is amazing how easy it was to stage it on our little black box theatre, but it would have been just as effective on our Main Stage."
Review by Jeff Skiba, Eastern Arizona College, Thatcher, Ariz.
"This is a beautiful story for all ages. So many opportunities to come up with creative solutions to staging this performance."
Review by Chloe Cox, Hurricane High, Hurricane, Utah
"The Yellow Boat is timely in the pandemic, reminding audiences to find joy and resiliency in uncertain and frightening times. A lovely play with exciting opportunities for stunning visuals, but the characters can compel audiences in a simple setting as well."
Review by Aimee Reed, Children's Theatre Workshop of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio
"What a beautifully crafted script! It has been an honor to tell this story of a young man (Benjamin) who deserves to be remembered through this touching tale. "
Review by Mark Daniels, Weber High, Ogden, Utah

Hints, Tips, and Tricks

"The script opens itself up to a beautifully creative rehearsal process. One of my favorite experiences as a director. "
Tip by Mark Daniels, Weber High, Ogden, Utah


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