The Return of the Unicorn

by  Jack Kurtz

Short Play, Satire/Political Satire  /  10m, 10f

A girl discovers a unicorn, but also discovers the world is too frightened, too rational and self-centered for awe and wonder.

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The Return of the Unicorn

by  Jack Kurtz

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    10m, 10f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy, Christmas/Holiday, Chancel Drama / Pageant, Parody / Spoof, Faith-based
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

A girl discovers a unicorn that fills her with uncontrollable excitement and awe.  She rushes to tell the world of the discovery, only to find the world too rational, too frightened, and too self-centered for awe and wonder.  The little girl is faced with the sad duty of telling the unicorn it doesn't exist.

For beginning directors and producers, extensive production notes are included.

Published in Without Bathrobes.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • Community Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: A bare stage or chancel of the church. If area is large enough it should be divided into two parts with scenes alternating on either side of stage. A large platform would be nice, but not necessary. Two silhouettes at the end are of vital importance. One is a unicorn. The second a stylized view of the manger with Mary and Joseph kneeling on either side, possibly with a star above. This should be immediately recognizable as the nativity.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Elaborate / High Volume Costumes

Casting

10m, 10f

LITLE GIRL (OR BOY)
THE PROFESSOR
THE STUDENT
"HE"
"SHE"
MR. GREATFINK
ERNEST GROVEL
2ND ASSISTANT
SOCIAL WORKER
GENERAL
3 AIDS
REPORTER
CHAIRPERSON, LADIES' AID
HENRIETTA
POMPEA
OCTAVIA
3 PROTESTERS
OTHER STUDENTS
OTHER REPORTERS
WORKERS AT GREATFINK TOYS

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Children
  • Features Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

Cast can be expanded to 40. Little Girl may be played by a boy - change dialogue to fit.  If possible this child should be somewhat smaller than the rest of the cast.  She/he is dressed in ordinary clothing.  She/he may lisp or speak in some other kind of childish voice if this does not keep her from being understood. If necessary, entire scenes may be dropped from this play.  As a matter of fact the "Ladies' Aide" scene wasn't in the play originally, but was added when too many girls showed up for tryouts.

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Authors

Jack Kurtz

Jack Kurtz has been a Presbyterian pastor for 37 years, PC(USA), in Missouri and Northern Virginia. Educational degrees include: Doctor of Ministry, San Francisco Theological Seminary; and Master of Divinity, McCormick Theological Seminary. Mr. Kurtz has created a theatre company, Fools for Christ Par ...

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