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Rutherford Wolf - Short Play, Comedy

Rutherford Wolf

Thomas Hischak

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Short Play, Comedy

3m, 5f

ISBN: 9780874400342

Rutherford Wolf is a peace-loving, gentle creature who is also a vegetarian. But that doesn't keep various fairy tale characters from raising a panic because of the bad reputation wolves have in stories. This fast-paced farce is a delight for both young and adult audiences.

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Description

Short Play

Comedy

Farce, Fantasy, Adventure, Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales, Parody / Spoof

30 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century, Medieval (6th-14th c.)

Settings Of Play -

A bare stage with props works best.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission, Physical Comedy

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Elementary School / Primary, Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, Community Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Youth/Camp Programs, Tours

Rutherford Wolf is a peace-loving, gentle creature who is also a vegetarian. But that doesn't keep various fairy tale characters from raising a panic because of the bad reputation wolves have in stories. As Rutherford keeps stumbling into famous children's tales - Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Pigs, and Peter and the Wolf, he is expected to be fierce and lothesome. All three stories get interwoven and Rutherford is accused of blowing down houses, eating old ladies and it looks like he might be chopped up into little pieces! Lucky for him the mis-informed people of the forest learn the true nature of the beast, and he escapes with his hide! This fast-paced farce is a delight for both young and adult audiences.

Rutherford Wolf was first presented on a tour of schools in Central New York State in October, 1996.
Characters

CASTING

3m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

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

CASTING NOTES

Parts for as many as 6 men and 9 women. Very flexible casting. Most characters can be played by a male or a female.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

RED RIDING HOOD
RUTHERFORD WOLF
RED'S MOTHER
PETER
GRANDFATHER
MOTHER PIG
THREE PIGS
DUCK
BIRD
GRANDMOTHER

Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author

Thomas Hischak

Thomas Hischak is an internationally recognized author and teacher in the Performing Arts. He is the author of thirty-three published plays which are performed in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia. His playwriting awards include the Stanley Drama Award (New York City) for Cold War Comedy and the Julie Harris Playwriting Award (Beverly Hills, California) for The Cardiff Giant ... view full profile

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Reviews
Mark Robinson 8/25/2015 9:26 AM
One of the best childrens' plays there is: witty, energetic, fun. What is great about Rutherford Wolf is that it entertains on two levels - it is full of familiar fairy tale characters for kids, but it has a sly, sophisticated wit that will keep adults laughing. This would also be a great piece for competitive drama and forensics events.

The show requires minimal props and scenery, so it will keep your budget down. It runs approximately 40 minutes, so it is manageable in size. This if the fifth time I have directed it and it is ALWAYS a crowd pleaser.

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