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Rip Van Winkle

Washington Irving, author
Frederick Gaines, playwright


42 pgs. 3 female, 7 male +ensemble
Originally produced in CTC’s 1970-71 season
Doubling is possible
Audience Recommendation: 6+


Rip Van Winkle is the laziest man to live in the village of Falling Waters under the Catskill Mountains. Though he is well-loved by those in his community, especially the children, he is constantly nagged by his wife for his slothful behavior. One night after a bad spat with his wife, Rip goes out on his own. He comes across a little man carrying a barrel of schnapps. As they arrive at the top of the mountain, more and more little men join them. It’s the ghostly crew of Henry Hudson who play ninepins with lightning bolt balls. The schnapps sends Rip to sleep for twenty years. When he finally awakens, everything in his town has changed. His son and daughter have grown, and his wife has died. However, Rip is able to keep his promise to his daughter, “though I go ten thousand miles, I will come back to you.”

“The script by Fred Gaines…moves along nicely and gives each character strong, lively speeches, keeping a friendly rustic tone.” – Minneapolis Star

Classroom Reading Fee: $50 per classroom, per semester
Amateur/Educational Royalty Fee: $75 per performance
Professional Royalty Fee: please inquire for a quote
The royalty fee includes permission to make copies of the perusal script for your cast.

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