Characters: 14 male, 8 female (more if desired.)
In a land where the rich get richer and the poor are starving, Prince John wants to cut down Sherwood Forest to put up an arms manufactory, a slaughterhouse and a tennis court for the well to do. This bawdy epic unites elements of wild farce and ancient mythologies with an environmentalist assault on the arrogance of wealth and power in the face of poverty and hunger using feeble and insane jesters, a demonic
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I read this script while I was looking for material for a youth theatre production. The tale of Robin Hood has been around for hundreds of years and Nigro preserves all the elements that make it a favorite - loyalty & betrayal, ideals & illusions, a strong hero and memorable cast of supporting characters. It complicates the story nicely, allows for some surprising and vivid character development, has a few risque moments, and offers few black-and-white answers. It also follows Robin all the way to his eventual poisoning, something usually omitted from the story's dramatizations. It could be a bit of a downer, but the way Robin's friends handle his impending death is so beautifully human it keeps the end from drooping into hopelessness. Despite its merits, my board of directors and I decided this is not a kid's script. I wound up using a different version of Robin Hood for my middle school kids, but I think this one would be great for older actors and audiences, and I would love to see it done.