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Rip Van Winkle

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    Rip Van Winkle is the laziest man to live in the village of Falling Waters. 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 Tribune

    Playwright: Frederick Gaines
    Type: Play
    Casting Breakdown: 10 roles plus potential ensemble
    Estimated Run Time: 60 minutes (Can be cut for competition time limits)
    Audience Recommendation: 6+