JUST SO, MR. KIPLING
By Lisa Nanni-Messegee
Inspired by the life and works of Rudyard Kipling
Cast: From 14 (5 m, 5 f, 4 flex) to 26 speaking roles, extras.
Celebrated author Rudyard Kipling is shocked after receiving news that his only son John is missing in action in WW I. Kipling bottles his grief, throwing his focus on a new book. Suddenly he’s interrupted by a mysterious little girl named Priyam. Charmed by her innocence, he shares his famous story “The Jungle Book” with her. As the tale of Mowgli springs to life, Kipling’s own memories of how John became a soldier start to intertwine. As truth blends into fiction, Rudyard’s memories shift to nightmares. He finally purges a painful secret, and Priyam reveals the true reason for her visit. Many of John Kipling’s lines, especially the monologues, are pulled directly from his own letters. Many direct quotes from Rudyard himself are also incorporated throughout the play. This beautiful ensemble drama will entertain all audiences and educate and challenge any theatrical artist. Originally produced by Acting for Young People at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. (Optional song, "The Letter," available. #2356)
#8188 - Just So, Mr. Kipling
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