The Peony Lantern

by  David F. Eliet

Short Play, Drama  /  6m, 2f

A samurai's betrothed dies of a broken heart while waiting for her lover to return.

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The Peony Lantern

by  David F. Eliet

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy, Adaptations (Literature), Fables/Folktales, Period
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

A samurai's betrothed dies of a broken heart while waiting for her lover to return. In death, she and her maid devise a devious plot to haunt him in an attempt to bring him into the realm of death with her. Despite his servant's warnings that he is bewitched, eventually, the ghost succeeds and overcomes the samurai.

Published in Three Japanese Ghost Stories.

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Keywords

Death, Fairy Tales, Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: The play takes place in several setting so a simple set is all that is required. The original production made use of a platform and two screens plus a few simple props. Costumes are kimonos worn over basic black costumes plus Japanese shirts for the minor characters.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

6m, 2f

NARRATOR
DOCT YAMAMOTO SHIO
LADY TSUYU - The Ghostly Maiden
YONE - Tsuyu's Servant
HAGIWARA SHINZABURO - A Samurai
TOMOZO - The Samurai's Servant
HAKUODO YUSAI - A Sage

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

The play allows for flexible casting and cross gender casting.

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Authors

David F. Eliet

David F. Eliet is a professional playwright, director, and theatre educator. He was the founding artistic director of The Perishable Theatre, director of the Cleveland Play House Lab Company and the Circle In The Square Suitcase Theatre and Acting Ensemble. He was the a co-founder of The Trinity Rep C ...

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The Peony Lantern premiered as part of Three Japanese Ghost Stories at the Cleveland Play House.

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