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Mara Hesed, Jon Gentry, Erica Berghan, Felecia Vonshell Loud and Hugh Hastings. Photo by Chris Bennion.

The Hoboken Chicken Emergency

Daniel Manus Pinkwater, author
Chad Henry, playwright & composer


105 pgs. 8 female, 10 male +ensemble
Doubling is possible (8 actors in the original production)
Originally produced in SCT’s 1988-1989 season
Run Time: 1 hour, 33 minutes
Audience Recommendation: all ages


When young Arthur is sent out on Thanksgiving to find a chicken for his family dinner, he discovers Professor Mazzocchi and Henrietta, a two hundred-sixty pound chicken with personality! Arthur and Henrietta bond immediately. When Arthur is forced by his father to return Henrietta, the chicken goes bezerk, terrorizing the town of Hoboken. Although an expert is brought in to take down the chicken, the town is saved only by learning to have love and compassion, even for extraordinary chickens. Everyone comes together just in time for a Christmas celebration.

“[Chad] Henry’s songs are witty evocation of classic Broadway styles like ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ ”Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Classroom Reading Fee: $50 per classroom, per semester
Amateur/Educational Royalty Fee: $95 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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