Barbara Field, playwright
Originally produced in SCT’s 2008-09 season
Run Time: 62 minutes
Audience Recommendation: 5+
In a similar vein as Wicked or The Ugly Stepsister, I Was a Rat! shows us a different perspective on a well-traveled tale. Poor little Roger (even rat-boys need proper names) has nowhere to turn. Luckily, Bob the cobbler and his wife, Joan, have a warm home and welcoming hearts. If only Roger were able to stay out of trouble long enough to enjoy them. He even manages to get thrown in jail for being a dreaded sewer monster! Thank goodness, the Princess arrives in time to straighten the whole mess out, and return Roger to his new home and loving family.
“Barbara Field’s masterful adaptation of Philip Pullman’s novel neatly retains the fun of Pullman’s premise without letting his satirical and other ‘big issue’ elements overweight the story.” – Examiner, WA
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