The Angry Eagle Feather

by  Julie Tosh

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  6m, 4f

From the author of Beauty of the Century and Pharaoh's Revenge comes a beautiful modem Native American fable with a universal message.

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The Angry Eagle Feather

by  Julie Tosh

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 4f
  • Duration


    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre


    Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)

Additional Info

From the author of Beauty of the Century and Pharaoh's Revenge comes a beautiful modem Native American fable with a universal message.

Ruth MacAfferty has a problem. First of all, for a third grader she gets too much homework. She also has a disinterested older brother Jacob and a know-it-all older sister Sarah. But life as she knows it comes to a crashing halt when a golden eagle feather falls from the sky to land at her feet. Her first mistake is picking it up. Her second is telling anyone she has it. Because now Ruth is a criminal. She is breaking the law of the United States by possessing a protected religious symbol of Native American tribes everywhere. On top of that, the feather has started talking to her, and it isn't happy sitting in her backpack day after day. Jacob thinks she should see someone in government. Sarah thinks she should take it back to where she got it. But, after a late night visit from Geronimo, Grover Cleveland, and a very angry Eagle Feather, Ruth and her feather each find a new meaning for home.

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Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • Community Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget


  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting:

    Hanover, Pennsylvania in the present.

  • Additional Features: No intermission, Puppetry
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


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


6m, 4f

RUTH MACAFFERTY - 8, third grader with too many problems.
MR. MACAFFERTY - early 40's, Ruth's father.
SOLEDAD RAMIREZ - 8, third grader and Ruth's best friend.
EAGLE FEATHER - a talking piece of bird plumage.
JACOB MACAFFERTY - 12, seventh grader more interested in music than sisters.
SARAH MACAFFERTY - 10, fifth grader, thinks she is wise beyond her years.
JOAN MACAFFERTY - early 40's, their mother.
GERONIMO - 80's Apache warrior.
MRS. FINN - 30's -50's, the third grade teacher.
GROVER CLEVELAND - 70's, former president.

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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Children
  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

Doubling may occur with Mr. Macafferty/ Grover Cleveland and Joan Macafferty/Mrs. Finn.



Julie Tosh

Julie Tosh’s plays and screenplays include Skirt (Mary Marlin Fisher Playwriting Award, Second Place David Mark Cohen Playwriting Award, Finalist for Trustus Theatre Playwrights’ Festival), Refuge (adapted from the young adult novel by Jacqueline Kolosov), and Program Rose (finalist for the Alfred P. Sloan Screenwritin ...

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