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"The Coldest Time of the Year"

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Booth, Roy American playwright, comic book/games/book store owner, 1965-____), “The Coldest Time of the Year,”

a 20-minute children’s play in English, set in a forest in India, long ago,


 •  © 1997 by Roy Booth;  •  script/rights available from Tangledwood Press, 114 4th St. NW, Bemidji, Minnesota 56601, U.S.A., or from Roy C. Booth, P.O. Box 512, Bovey, Minnesota  55709, U.S.A., telephone (home) 218-759-0246, (work) 218-759-0246, e-mail roycbooth@hotmail.com.  •  Cited by Roy Booth, via ftp December 29, 1999; Booth says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Tiger (m); Bear (m); Man (m).

  §  Synopsis “Tiger and Bear are having an argument:  when is it the coldest time of the year?  Bear says it is when one gets wet while Tiger says it is during the winter.  Since they are so evenly matched they can’t even fight over who is right, so they capture a poor ‘Man’ who is looking for firewood and then pose the question to ‘him.’  Unfortunately both have told ‘him’ that if ‘he’ favors the other's argument, he will be eaten!  What is a poor ‘Man’ to do?

 §  Comment “This play was originally produced (along with two other short children’s plays) at Lake Bemidji State Park (Minnesota) in a wooden outdoor amphitheatre—basic costumes were used (masks) and little to no set was used. Over 200 children saw the play and it was so successful that an encore production was done a week later at Lake Itasca State Park. The play is based on a story from India.

 §  Themes “cold, friendship, Indian folklore, problem resolution, promises.”

See also: Booth, Roy C. (American playwright, comic book/games/book store owner, 1965-____),

  • "Alvissmal," a 10-minute Skaldic verse drama in English, translated and adapted from Old Norse by Roy C. Booth, set in outside Thrudheim, Thor's home in Asgard, night, ancient Norse mythological era, 2m
  • "Cafe a la Ionesco," a 32-minute absurdist farce in English, set in a fancy restaurant in Nymore, Minnesota, Tuesday evening, February 2, 1999, 3m1f
  • "Circe," a 5-minute dramatic dance piece in English, set at the gates of Mount Olympus, mythological Greece, 4f
  • "The Coat," a 20-minute drama in English, set in a Greek mountain outpost, late night, winter, 1940, 3m1f
  • "The Confession," a 25-minute suspense drama in English, set in a small, isolated church, northern Minnesota woods, U.S.A., 1995, 2m
  • "Do You Think Dogs Think? Part I" a 10-minute postmodern comedy in English, set in a college office, today, 3m1f (+ extras)
  • "He Who Gets Laughed At Last," a 25-minute dark comedy in English, set the dressing room in a comedy club, 1996, 2m2f
  • "No Uncertain Terms," a 60-minute postmodern drama on comedy, translated by Roy C. Booth and Peter Birmanns from the German original, set in the headquarters of the Black and White Party, last week, 3m1f (+ extras)
  • "The Peasant and the Waterman," a 15-minute children's play in English, set in Old Russia, long ago, 3m1f
  • "Ratopolis," a 22-minute science fiction drama in English, set in American suburbia, 2045,1m1f (+ extras)
  • "Vafthrudnismal," a 12-minute Skaldic verse drama in English, translated and adapted from Old Norse by Roy C. Booth, set in Asgard, then the Giant Vafthrudnir's hall, night, ancient Norse mythological era, 2m1f

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