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All photos courtesy of Barter Theatre

Aesop’s Fables

Book & lyrics by Catherine Bush
Music by Ben Mackel
Cast Size: 6 (3M, 3W) with doubling,
18 (10M, 8W) without doubling
NOTE: Doubling is intentional and recommended
Aesop a Greek slave and master storyteller
Xanthus his master, bitter over the recent death of his wife
Calliope wife to Xanthus
Guard #1 servant to Xanthus
Guard #2 servant to Xanthus
Lion a beast with a thorn in his paw
Oak a mighty oak tree, proud
Reed a tender reed, flexible
Fox a sly fox with a gorgeous tail
Lesser Fox#1 a fox
Lesser Fox#2 a fox
Huntsman a hunter in the woods
Beast a ferocious, savage beast
Daughter the Huntsman’s daughter
Shepherd a boy who cries “wolf” frequently
Wolf a wolf
Hare a very fast rabbit
Tortoise a very slow tortoise
Sheep Sheep
The Chorus
NOTE The same actor may play the following roles.
Chorus #1 Lion, The Oak, Huntsman, Tortoise
Chorus #2 Xanthus
Chorus #3, Calliope Lesser Fox #1, Daughter
Chorus #4 Guard #2, Shepherd Boy, The Wind, The Fox, Beast, Wolf
Chorus #5 Guard #1, The Reed, Lesser Fox #2, Hare, Priestess

Synopsis

Aesop is in trouble, and his only hope lies in his ability to weave fantastic stories with timeless lessons of truth. So it is that fables such as Androcles and the Lion, The Oak and the Reed, The Fox Without a Tail, The Beast in Love, The Hare and the Tortoise and The Boy Who Cried Wolf are brought to life in this exciting, new musical adventure.

Approximate Running Time: 45m

Production History

Aesop’s Fables was first produced in 2012 by the Barter Players (Abingdon, VA),Katy Brown, Artistic Director.