Sheep on the Runway

by  Art Buchwald

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  8m, 2f

"Has the great virtue of being genuinely funny, bright and entertaining. A steady flow of satirical hilarity." - N.Y. Post

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Sheep on the Runway

by  Art Buchwald

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    8m, 2f
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    • Adult

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In a sleepy little Himalayan country the U.S. ambassador, a political appointee, is entertaining an antidisestablishment columnist who smells red subversion round every corner. His reports start the sabers rattling. Soon the CIA comes to call, as well as a general with a mail-order catalogue of all kinds of armament. Caught up in the whirlwind is the stupefied prince, a native bandit; the ambassador's radical daughter from Radcliffe, eager to major in guerilla warfare, a native bandit; and a pacification expert who will tell the country how to settle back as it had been once the bomb craters are filled and the reconstruction period is over.
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"Has the great virtue of being genuinely funny, bright and entertaining. A steady flow of satirical hilarity." - N.Y. Post.

"Just about the funniest thing all year. Made me laugh out loud. Go see it!" - ABC-TV.

"Always endearing. It has a genuine undertow of a ridiculously oriented wit. I wholeheartedly recommend 'Sheep on the Runway.' " - N.Y. Times.

"Sharply funny and deceptively good-natured." - N.Y. Daily News.

"Devilishly funny political satire." - Cue.


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  • College Theatre / Student
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  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Setting: The living room of the United States Embassy in the Kingdom of Nonomura, a remote monarchy in the Himalayas.


8m, 2f

RAYMOND WILKINS - United States Ambassador to Nonomura 
SAM - the Embassy's loyal servant
HOLLY - the Ambassador's daughter
JOSEPH MAYFLOWER - the syndicated political columnist
FRED SLAYTON - Consul at the American Embassy 
PRINCE GOW - Ruler of Nonomura 
COLONEL NUM - Nonomura's Minister of Defense 
GENERAL FITZHUGH - U.S. General in Charge of Military Aid
EDWARD SNELLING - U.S. Official in Charge of Civilian Aid 

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Art Buchwald

Art Buchwald

Sheep on the Runway premiered on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre in January 1970 under the direction of Gene Saks.

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