The Peasant and the Waterman
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Booth, Roy C. (American playwright, comic book store owner, educator, 1965-____), “The Peasant and the Waterman,”
a 15-minute children’s play in English, set in Old Russia, long ago,
© 1997 by Roy C. Booth
• in Roy C. Booth’s The Peasant and the Waterman (Bovey, Minnesota, U.S.A.: Tangledwood Press, 1997)
• script/rights available from Roy C. Booth, 3811 6th Avenue West, Hibbing, Minnesota 55746, U.S.A., telephone (work) 218-262-4744, e-mail email@example.com;
• or, script/rights available from Tangledwood Press, PO Box 512, Bovey, Minnesota 56601
• Cited by Roy C. Booth via ftp December 29, 1999; Booth says,
The Waterman (m), bizarre water spirit; The Peasant (m); Peasant’s Wife (f); The Brother (m).
“A poor, good-hearted peasant makes his way into the forest to cut wood. Unfortunately, he is also very clumsy and he loses his only ax in a lake. As he bemoans his situation, up pops up the Waterman of the lake, a bizarre water spirit who asks what all of the commotion is about. After hearing the peasant’s story, the Waterman dives under the water and reappears with an ax—a silver ax! The peasant tells the Waterman that it is not his and the Waterman dives below again—this time coming up with a golden ax! Again the Peasant refuses to take the more valuable ax. Finally the real ax is returned, and the Waterman rewards the peasant for his honesty and gives him all the axes. Arriving at home, the peasant tells his wife and mean brother what has happened and how he was rewarded. Filled with greed, the brother tries to get more axes from the Waterman but fails miserably.
• “This play was originally produced at the Lake Bemidji State Park with two short children’s plays in August, 1997, at the Lake Bemidji Wooden Outdoor Amphitheatre using simple costumes and simple sets. The Waterman was an elaborate makeup job of clay, water, and mud which helped segue into a conservation lecture led by one of the park wardens after the end of the show.
• “One peformance of the play featured the Waterman out of ‘costume’ — the end result with the audience was the same—they loved it!
• “Versions of this story can also be found in Ireland and other parts of Europe.”
• Addendum "Good news [July 5, 2000]: looks like this play and ‘The Coldest Time of the Year’ are set to be produced in Durban, South Africa. The producers saw ‘Coldest’ on this website, then contacted me directly. Whoop!"
folklore, honesty, Irish folklore, mythical creatures, punishing the wicked, rewarding the just, Russian folklore.