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Illustration by Sarah Kaufman.

Treasure Island (Gaines)

Robert Louis Stevenson, author
Frederick Gaines, playwright


72 pgs. 1 female, 9 male +ensemble
Originally produced in CTC’s 1970-71 season
Doubling is possible

Run Time: 90 minutes

Audience Recommendation: 8+


An old and menacing sea captain, Billy Bones, tells young Jim Hawkins to keep an eye out for a man with one leg who’s looking for treasure map of Captain John Flint. When that man finally appears, Bones entrusts the map to Jim’s safekeeping before collapsing. Jim shows the map to Dr. Livesey and Squire Trelawney, and they excitedly decide to put together a pirate crew to collect Captain Flint’s haul from Skeleton Island.

Pirates, being pirates, plot for a mutiny. Lucky for Jim, he and John Silver have begun to forge an unlikely friendship. When the crew lands on Skeleton Island, Jim runs into Ben Gunn, a crazy rhyming pirate from Captain Flint’s original crew, who has been marooned for three years. Meanwhile, having managed to return to the boat, Jim is forced to do things he never thought himself capable of. Luckily, the pirates’ greed and the help of Silver lead Jim to safety, and the treasure. In the end Jim learns what it really means to live a pirate’s life.

“What a wonderful tale this is. From the Admiral Benbow Inn…we have a cast of characters and a story that tickles the adventure fantasies in all of us.” – Minneapolis Tribune

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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