The Tale of the Johnson Boys

by  Don Nigro

Short Play, Drama  /  2m

In this powerful one act, two boys, John and Henry Johnson, tell the true story of their capture by Indians near the Ohio River in the late 1790s, and the bloody and terrible events that resulted.

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The Tale of the Johnson Boys

by  Don Nigro

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m
  • Duration

    Duration

    10 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

In this powerful one act, two boys, John and Henry Johnson, tell the true story of their capture by Indians near the Ohio River in the late 1790s, and the bloody and terrible events that resulted. It is the defining experience of their lives, and the play is a haunting and complex allegory of violence, compassion, and ambiguous betrayal. First produced in New York by the Grey Wing Stage Company. In Banana Man & Other Plays.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 18th Century
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: Late 1790s, near the Ohio River. Night. A flickering light like a fire from down center, just revealing the faces and hands, and, dimly, the rest of the two boys, who are in their late teens at the time of this telling. The events they speak of happened a few years earlier. All the rest of the stage is in darkness.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

2m
JOHN
HENRY
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Cast Attributes

  • All Male

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Authors

Don Nigro

Don Nigro is among the most frequently published and widely produced playwrights in the world and has continued to build a deeply interrelated and diverse body of dramatic literature, employing a wide variety of dramatic conventions and styles of presentation. He has written monologues and epics, spare realistic dramas ...

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First produced by the Grey Wing Stage Company in New York City in September 2001.

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