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Return of the Unicorn, The - Short Play, Satire/Political Satire

Return of the Unicorn, The

Jack Kurtz

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Short Play, Satire/Political Satire

10m, 10f

ISBN: 9780874404876

A girl discovers a unicorn, but also discovers the world is too frightened, too rational and self-centered for awe and wonder.

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$8.95
: Without Bathrobes

Minimum Fee: $45 per performance


Description

Short Play

Satire/Political Satire

Fantasy, Christmas/Holiday, Chancel Drama / Pageant, Parody / Spoof, Faith-based

30 minutes

Settings Of Play - A bare stage or chancel of the church. If area is large enough it should be divided into two parts with scenes alternating on either side of stage. A large platform would be nice, but not necessary. Two silhouettes at the end are of vital importance. One is a unicorn. The second a stylized view of the manger with Mary and Joseph kneeling on either side, possibly with a star above. This should be immediately recognizable as the nativity.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Cutting Approved for Competition

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Elaborate / High Volume Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Elementary School / Primary, Jr High/Primary, Community Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Church / Religious Groups

A girl discovers a unicorn that fills her with uncontrollable excitement and awe.  She rushes to tell the world of the discovery, only to find the world too rational, too frightened, and too self-centered for awe and wonder.  The little girl is faced with the sad duty of telling the unicorn it doesn't exist.

For beginning directors and producers, extensive production notes are included.

Published in Without Bathrobes.

Characters

CASTING

10m, 10f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting, Cross gender casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Features Children, Features Teens, Flexible casting, Room for Extras, Parts for Senior Actors

CASTING NOTES

Cast can be expanded to 40. Little Girl may be played by a boy - change dialogue to fit.  If possible this child should be somewhat smaller than the rest of the cast.  She/he is dressed in ordinary clothing.  She/he may lisp or speak in some other kind of childish voice if this does not keep her from being understood. If necessary, entire scenes may be dropped from this play.  As a matter of fact the "Ladies' Aide" scene wasn't in the play originally, but was added when too many girls showed up for tryouts.

LITLE GIRL (OR BOY)
THE PROFESSOR
THE STUDENT
"HE"
"SHE"
MR. GREATFINK
ERNEST GROVEL
2ND ASSISTANT
SOCIAL WORKER
GENERAL
3 AIDS
REPORTER
CHAIRPERSON, LADIES' AID
HENRIETTA
POMPEA
OCTAVIA
3 PROTESTERS
OTHER STUDENTS
OTHER REPORTERS
WORKERS AT GREATFINK TOYS

Author
Jack Kurtz

Jack Kurtz

Jack Kurtz has been a Presbyterian pastor for 37 years, PC(USA), in Missouri and Northern Virginia. Educational degrees include: Doctor of Ministry, San Francisco Theological Seminary; and Master of Divinity, McCormick Theological Seminary. Mr. Kurtz has created a theatre company, Fools for Christ Parable Production Company, in each of his three churches, and he wrote and directed many of the ... view full profile

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