The King's Horses

by  David L. Paterson

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  1m, 3f

Carter, a carpenter with a mysterious past, steps into unknown territory when he accepts a job from Cassie, a graduate of the same high school.

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The King's Horses

by  David L. Paterson

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 3f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Carter, a carpenter with a mysterious past, steps into unknown territory when he accepts a job from Cassie, a graduate of the same high school. Cassie is overseeing the recovery of her older sister Hannah, who was savagely beaten and thrown into a ditch. This random act of violence has created a surreal scene of sibling rivalry around Carter, who is flattered by the attention but knows trouble when he sees it. As Hannah physically improves, her competitive interest in Carter grows. Old resentments, including how each sister handled the illness and recent death of their mother, further antagonize the sisters, to the detriment of all. Sparkling humor punctuates the sharply drawn characterizations in this winning play by the author of Finger Painting in a Murphy Bed, Pieces of the Sky, and other works.

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Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    The action takes place in the present, over a few weeks in the home of Hannah Avery.

  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


1m, 3f

MRS. HUAN - Asian woman 60s-70s, great comedic timing
CARTER -  Attractive male late 20s to early 40s
CASSIE -  Mouse-ish but not unattractive female late 20s to early 40s
HANNAH - Sharp and caustic female late 20s to early 40s; hidden by bandages at first, but her beauty becomes apparent through the run of the play

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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Asian Actor(s)
  • Ensemble cast
  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

The character of MRS. HUAN can be changed provided playwright approval and rewrite allows for different ethnicity.



David L. Paterson

An Award-winning playwright and screenwriter, David has penned over two-dozen plays, 15 of which are published through Samuel French, Inc. His works have been performed on Broadway, Off Broadway and throughout the world. He is the only playwright ever to have three plays premiere on the New York City stage in one mont ...

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The King's Horses premiered at the ITAD Theater in Palenville, New York.

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