Rutherford Wolf

by  Thomas Hischak

Short Play, Comedy  /  3m, 5f

Rutherford Wolf is a peace-loving, gentle creature who is also a vegetarian. But that doesn't keep various fairy tale characters from raising a panic because of the bad reputation wolves have in stories. This fast-paced farce is a delight for both young and adult audiences.

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Rutherford Wolf

by  Thomas Hischak

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Fantasy, Adventure, Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales, Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Rutherford Wolf is a peace-loving, gentle creature who is also a vegetarian. But that doesn't keep various fairy tale characters from raising a panic because of the bad reputation wolves have in stories. As Rutherford keeps stumbling into famous children's tales - Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Pigs, and Peter and the Wolf, he is expected to be fierce and lothesome. All three stories get interwoven and Rutherford is accused of blowing down houses, eating old ladies and it looks like he might be chopped up into little pieces! Lucky for him the mis-informed people of the forest learn the true nature of the beast, and he escapes with his hide! This fast-paced farce is a delight for both young and adult audiences.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Youth/Camp Programs
  • Tours

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $55 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century, Medieval (6th-14th c.)
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting:

    A bare stage with props works best.

  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes

Music

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

Casting

3m, 5f

RED RIDING HOOD
RUTHERFORD WOLF
RED'S MOTHER
PETER
GRANDFATHER
MOTHER PIG
THREE PIGS
DUCK
BIRD
GRANDMOTHER

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Cast Attributes

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

Casting Notes

Parts for as many as 6 men and 9 women. Very flexible casting. Most characters can be played by a male or a female.

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Authors

Thomas Hischak

Thomas Hischak is an internationally recognized author and teacher in the Performing Arts. He is the author of over forty published plays which are performed in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia. His playwriting awards include the Stanley Drama Award (New York City) for Cold War Comedy and the Jul ...

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Rutherford Wolf was first presented on a tour of schools in Central New York State in October, 1996.

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