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Illustration by Tuesday Bassen.

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

Timothy Mason, playwright


63 pgs. 3 female, 15 male + ensemble
Doubling is possible
Originally produced in CTC’s 1977-78 season
Run Time: 90 minutes
Audience Recommendation: All Ages


An evil sorcerer coveted a wonderful lamp hidden in the earth. This lamp was kept in the name of a boy, to be found in the sands. A boy by the name of Aladdin.

Aladdin was a loveable, yet unwashed, lazy and inconsiderate, boy who brought both grief and delight to his widowed mother. When the sorcerer found Aladdin, he pretended to be his long-lost uncle, and convinced Aladdin to go on a journey with him. Aladdin found the lamp, and when he refused to turn it over, the sorcerer tried to kill him. Luckily, Aladdin got help from the Jinn of the Ring on his finger, and got away from danger. Later Aladdin and his mother discovered the Jinn of the Lamp, and Aladdin used it to win the hand of the beautiful princess. The sorcerer returned and tricked the princess, resulting in the sorcerer taking over the kingdom and forcing the princess to promise to marry him. But Aladdin had some tricks up his sleeve (or more accurately, on his finger), and he destroyed the sorcerer and restored the kingdom to a peaceful and happy land.

“Timothy Mason’s adaptation of the ‘Arabian Nights’ tale is a fluent, neatly constructed script in which colloquialism is flavored with just enough archaic language to keep things in touch with the atmosphere of the ancient story.” -St. Paul Pioneer Press

“Mason has written the perfect script.” -Minneapolis Tribune

Classroom Reading Fee: $50 per classroom, per semester
Amateur/Educational Royalty Fee: $75 per performance
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