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.
"[...] 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.
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- 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
Casting4m, 4f, 6m or f
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.
- Ensemble cast
- Non-Traditional casting
- Cross gender casting
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
- Expandable casting
- Multicultural casting
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
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.