A Fair Price

by  Colleen Neuman

Short Play, Comedy  /  17boy(s) or girl(s)

Winner! 2010 AATE Distinguished Play Award

Three women are about to be cheated. A cart driver is demanding that a woman pay him three copper coins for sitting in the shadow of his cart. A baker demands another woman pay three copper coins for smelling his honey cakes. A peddler requires a …

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    17boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration


    30 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Fantasy, Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

A Fair Price is about three women who turn the tables on the greedy merchants who are cheating them. One woman must pay three copper coins when a greedy merchant charges her for the shade under a wagon.  Another woman must pay for the smell of a honey cake.  A third woman is charged for hearing the sound of a flute.  The women put their heads together and use the same trick with a different twist.  They pay these greedy merchants with the shadow of three copper coins, the smell of three copper coins and the sound of three copper coins rattling. 
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  • Winner! 2010 AATE Distinguished Play Award


Published in the collection THREEE: Three Funny Folktales by Colleen Neuman


Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Church / Religious Groups


  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance



  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting:

    A Fair Price takes place in a marketplace and may be played on a bare stage or using a simple backdrop.  It can also be performed with a more elaborate set if desired. 

  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)


17boy(s) or girl(s)

Woman (may be played as Man)

Daughter (may be played as Son)

Driver (gender neutral)

Donkey (gender neutral)

Headwoman 1, 2, 3 (may be played as Headman 1, 2, 3)

Baker (gender neutral)

Peddler (gender neutral)

Customers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 (gender neutral)

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Children
  • Features Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

A Fair Price has very flexible casting.  It may be performed by a cast of 9 with doubling.  It may be performed by a cast larger than 17 by adding more CUSTOMERS. 



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