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Captains and Courage - Full Length Play

Captains and Courage

Israel Horovitz, Rudyard Kipling

Full Length Play

10m, 2f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s)

ISBN: 9780822216353

Designed for a multi-racial cast of 14 or more actors playing multiple roles, CAPTAINS COURAGE intermingles Kipling's 19th century tale of Gloucester fishermen with playwright Israel Horovitz's own tale of the modern-day descendants of Kipling's characters. Horovitz creates a brilliantly theatrical, imaginative, heart-wrenching adventure of the sea, of family, of love, of captains, and of courage. To be played on a barren stage, with simple platforms, uncomplicated costumes, and inexpensive stage-effects.

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In Kipling's nineteenth-century story, Harvey Cheyne, an obnoxious rich boy, falls from the deck of a luxury liner and is rescued by a fishing boat, the "We're Here," owned by a black captain, Disko Troop. Aboard the "We're Here," Harvey learns about hard work, about courage, and about life. In Horovitz's twentieth-century counterpart (the two stories alternate in parallel development), Manny Shimma, a sixteen-year-old homeless wiseguy, in trouble with the law, finds himself hiding out on a tiny fishing boat, the "Sylvie the 2nd," captained by Ben Cheyne, Harvey Cheyne's great-great-great grandson, with a single crewman, Roland Troop, Disko Troop's great-great-great grandson. Aboard the "Sylvie the 2nd," Manny, too, learns about hard work, courage, and life. Modern and traditional sea-chanteys are sung by cast and chorus throughout the play. Live musicians can be used, on-stage and off. CAPTAINS AND COURAGE is a play of high adventure, full-blown emotion, and great dignity, a perfect choice for theater groups which use larger casts.


10m, 2f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s)

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Israel Horovitz

Israel Horovitz

Isreal Horovitz is a playwright, director and actor. His plays have been translated and performed in as many as 30 languages, worldwide. His 70+ plays include Line (now in 38th year of continuous performance, off-Broadway, at 13th St. Repertory Theatre), The Indian Wants The Bronx (Steppenwolf: Gary Sinise & Terry Kinney), Rats, Morning, The Primary English Class, The Wakefield Plays, The ... view full profile

Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling was born on December 30, 1865, in Bombay, India. He was educated in England but returned to India in 1882. In 1892, Kipling married Caroline Balestier and settled in Brattleboro, Vermont, where he wrote his most famous works, "Gunga Din" (1892) and The Jungle Book (1894). Kipling received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907. He died on January 18, 1936. view full profile

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