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Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood - Full Length Play, Comedy

Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood

Adam Szymkowicz

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Full Length Play, Comedy

4m, 4f, 6m or f

ISBN: 9780573706578

A gender-bending, patriarchy-smashing, hilarious new take on the classic tale.

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play


Adventure, Adaptations (Literature), Period

90 minutes

Time Period - Medieval (6th-14th c.)

Settings Of Play - England.  Nottingham, Sherwood Forest. During the Third Crusade. The 1190s.


Physical Comedy, Stage Combat

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes


Mild Adult Themes


Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

A gender-bending, patriarchy-smashing, hilarious new take on the classic tale. Robin Hood is (and has always been) Maid Marian in disguise, and leads a motley group of Merry Men (few of whom are actually men) against the greedy Prince John. As the poor get poorer and the rich get richer, who will stand for the vulnerable if not Robin? What is the cost of revealing your true self in a time of trouble? Modern concerns and romantic entanglements clash on the battlefield and on the ramparts of Nottingham Castle. A play about selfishness and selflessness and love deferred and the fight. Always the fight. The fight must go on. 


"[...] The show thrives on its own playfulness and silly energy while still tying everything up at the end. Marian manages to present something important without taking itself too seriously." - Theatre is Easy, Read More 

"[...] a rollicking, gender-bending romp [...] With Marian, Or the True Tale of Robin Hood Szymkowicz has delivered a swashbuckling story of a what it takes to make change, and the networks and chosen families that keep that revolutionary spirit alive." - New York Theatre Review, Read More 

Check out the photos from the Flux Theatre Ensemble's production of Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood in April 2017.

Marian, or the True Tale of Robbin Hood premiered in a production by the Flux Theatre Ensemble in New York City in April 2017 under the direction of Kelly O'Donnell.



4m, 4f, 6m or f


Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Cross gender casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Multicultural casting


All parts are race non specific.  Robin Hood/Marian need not be white.  Try very hard to have a diverse cast. It would also be very helpful to have transgender, genderqueer, or nonbinary people involved in the production.  Preferably more than one.  The designations of female and male above can be used more as a guideline in the casting of this play

ROBIN/MARIAN - female 
ALANNA DALE – female 
LITTLE JOHN – male, large 
LADY SHIRLEY - female 
TANNER - any gender 
WILL SCARLET –female (played as male)
MUCH THE MILLER’S SON – nonbinary (can be played by female, male transgender, genderqueer or nonbinary individual) 
FRIAR TUCK – male  (in smaller cast, can be played by the same actor who plays the Sheriff.) 
TOMMY OF NO CONSEQUENCE - played as male by any gender
SIR THEO THE PUNCTUAL – played as male by any gender 
SIR LENNY THE OBSERVANT - played as male by any gender 
LUCY – played as female (can be doubled as SIR LENNY or a GUARD)
GUARDS (as many or as few as you like—up to 15 speaking parts.) - played as male by any gender. 
Adam Szymkowicz

Adam Szymkowicz

  Adam Szymkowicz's plays have been produced throughout the U.S., and in Canada, England, The Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand and Lithuania. His work has been presented or developed at such places as MCC Theater, LCT3, Ars Nova, South Coast Rep, Playwrights Horizons, LAByrinth Theater Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Primary Stages, The New Group, Southern Rep, Rising Phoenix, The Lark ... view full profile

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Matthew Stephan Freeman [W] 6/15/2017 2:51 PM
I got to see the New York production of Marian, which featured a large, diverse cast having a great time. I can guarantee producing this play will be fun and rewarding. Plus when I say diverse, that definitely includes genderfluid and trans characters that are integral to the story.

The play hits on some very contemporary themes, without ever being too heavy. It's a joyful but socially conscious piece. Perfect for colleges or high schools.

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