Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood

by  Adam Szymkowicz

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 4f, 6m or f

A gender-bending, patriarchy-smashing, hilarious new take on the classic tale.

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Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood

by  Adam Szymkowicz

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 4f, 6m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adventure, Adaptations (Literature), Period
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

A gender-bending, patriarchy-smashing, hilarious new take on the classic tale. Robin Hood is (and has always been) Maid Marian in disguise, and leads a motley group of Merry Men (few of whom are actually men) against the greedy Prince John. As the poor get poorer and the rich get richer, who will stand for the vulnerable if not Robin? What is the cost of revealing your true self in a time of trouble? Modern concerns and romantic entanglements clash on the battlefield and on the ramparts of Nottingham Castle. A play about selfishness and selflessness and love deferred and the fight. Always the fight. The fight must go on. 

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Reviews

REVIEWS 

"[...] The show thrives on its own playfulness and silly energy while still tying everything up at the end. Marian manages to present something important without taking itself too seriously." - Theatre is Easy, Read More 

"[...] a rollicking, gender-bending romp [...] With Marian, Or the True Tale of Robin Hood Szymkowicz has delivered a swashbuckling story of a what it takes to make change, and the networks and chosen families that keep that revolutionary spirit alive." - New York Theatre Review, Read More 

Check out the photos from the Flux Theatre Ensemble's production of Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood in April 2017.

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Medieval (6th-14th c.)
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: England.  Nottingham, Sherwood Forest. During the Third Crusade. The 1190s.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

4m, 4f, 6m or f
ROBIN/MARIAN - female 
ALANNA DALE – female 
THE SHERIFF OF NOTTINGHAM – male 
LITTLE JOHN – male, large 
LADY SHIRLEY - female 
PRINCE JOHN – male 
TANNER - any gender 
WILL SCARLET –female (played as male)
MUCH THE MILLER’S SON – nonbinary (can be played by female, male transgender, genderqueer or nonbinary individual) 
FRIAR TUCK – male  (in smaller cast, can be played by the same actor who plays the Sheriff.) 
TOMMY OF NO CONSEQUENCE - played as male by any gender
SIR THEO THE PUNCTUAL – played as male by any gender 
SIR LENNY THE OBSERVANT - played as male by any gender 
LUCY – played as female (can be doubled as SIR LENNY or a GUARD)
GUARDS (as many or as few as you like—up to 15 speaking parts.) - played as male by any gender. 
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Multicultural casting

Casting Notes

All parts are race non specific.  Robin Hood/Marian need not be white.  Try very hard to have a diverse cast. It would also be very helpful to have transgender, genderqueer, or nonbinary people involved in the production.  Preferably more than one.  The designations of female and male above can be used more as a guideline in the casting of this play

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Authors

Adam Szymkowicz

  Adam Szymkowicz's plays have been produced throughout the U.S., and in Canada, England, The Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand and Lithuania. His work has been presented or developed at such places as MCC Theater, LCT3, Ars Nova, South Coast Rep, Playwrights Horizons, LAByrinth Theater Company, Rattlestick Playwright ...

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Marian, or the True Tale of Robbin Hood premiered in a production by the Flux Theatre Ensemble in New York City in April 2017 under the direction of Kelly O'Donnell.

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