ESCAPE FROM CENTRAL PARK
A overly optimistic Canadian polar bear and a pessimistic Singaporean parrot, along with a Balinese monkey who’s a fugitive from a 5th Ave. penthouse, run away to join the circus in an attempt to get back home, but end up being nabbed by an animal control officer and almost eaten by a really big alligator. In the end, with the help of a Native American (Cree) grizzly bear, who shape shifts into a tiger, everyone finds their way safely back home.
Approx Running Time: 50 mins.
Cast of 13 + extras (5 with doubling)
Production.............University of Central Missouri
Semi Finalist..........Drury University’s One-Act Play Competition
University of Central Missouri
A TALE OF BRAVERY OF A ZEBRA A LIONESS AND A VERY VERY SMALL BIRD
SETTING: A Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya and the Bush.
Three endangered species, a Grevy's zebra, a Lion and a Red-Billed Oxpecker go into the bush to save endangered Black Rhinos.
A zebra sees a flier nailed to an acacia tree advertising "Two Million Three Hundred Thousand Shillings for Rhino Horn" and convinces a hesitant Oxpecker to come with her into the dangerous bush to save the Rhinos. For protection she enlists a Lioness. While in the bush they also find a Tigoni Reed Frog whose pond has dried up and all his friends have left for wetter places and a baby Elephant and her mother who've lost their herd and convincing them all to come back to the safety of the conservancy . . . all the while trying to keep track of a sleep-walking rhino and fighting off poachers with the help of a Puff Adder and her 46 snakelets. In the end the frog has a new pond full of water with lots of frogs, the elephants and the rhinos are safe, and much to the bird's chagrin, the zebra wants them to go back into the bush to save more endangered species.
The two-act version adds 2 Reticulated giraffes and a 4th poacher
Running times: (2 versions)
Two Act 80 mins. Cast of 16 (17f; 7m; 2 gen flex) Extras: Rhinos and Snakelets
Full Length 60 mins. Cast of 13 (5f; 6m; 2 gen flex) Extras: Rhinos and Snakelets
Production.............East Valley Children's Theatre (to be performed at Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ Feb 8-18, 2024)
A SOUTHWEST DESERT TALE
In the Arizona desert, a Hopi Burro who definitely, absolutely, positively does NOT want to go into the family business of "Burro Rides Incorporated," two Japanese short-tailed Albatrosses with a terrible sense of direction and a propensity for flying into trees, a fast-talking Navajo Collared Lizard who wants to be famous, and a lost Mexican Gray Wolf who can't find his friends and family, help each other reach their goals – the Burro to be a Barrel Racer at a Gymkhana; the Albatrosses to find their way home; the Lizard to be famous; and the Wolf to learn how to be a wolf.
Along the way Issa describes what he sees through the Haiku he composes.
Approx. running time: 50 mins.
Cast of 8 - gender flexible (5 with doubling)