Cow Tippers

Play #: 8317
Pages: 74 pgs
Cast: 7 m, 10 w, 1 flexible, extras
Mrs. Brown has moved to Hoke's Bluff to study rural school life. She's used to schools equipped with state-of-the-art computer labs and up-to-date technology. At Hoke's Bluff, however, high tech is an intercom system consisting of an aluminum can with a piece of string attached. On the first day of school, the sheriff shows up looking for leads to cow-tipping pranks. Her study of "these people" may be more than she bargained for. But as relationships are built, Mrs. Brown not only teaches her students a few lessons, but she learns a few of her own. And when Clyde, the school janitor, has eyes for her, she also discovers that there's more on these people's minds than just cow tipping.
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LESTER PRAIRIE SCHOOLS 2 Performance(s)
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN 4/15/2018
MINTO PUBLIC SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
MINTO, ND 3/15/2018
SOUTH WINN SCHOOLS 3 Performance(s)
CALMAR, IA 3/15/2018
BENJAMIN LOGAN HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
BELLEFONTAINE, OH 11/17/2017
MOTLEY-STAPLES HIGH SCHOOL 4 Performance(s)
STAPLES, MN 11/1/2017
VALLEY LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
SAGINAW, MI 10/28/2016
OAKDALE SCHOOL 6 Performance(s)
OAKDALE, TN 4/25/2016
BHS DRAMA CLUB 3 Performance(s)
BLUFFTON, OH 4/15/2016
BUFFALO MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
BUFFALO, MN 3/15/2016
BUCKLIN DRAMA CLUB 2 Performance(s)
BUCKLIN, MO 3/7/2015
KAW PRAIRIE COMMUNITY CHURCH 2 Performance(s)
LENEXA, KS 2/28/2015
DRAKE PUBLIC SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
DRAKE, ND 5/14/2014
MAZAMA HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
KLAMATH FALLS, OR 4/18/2014
SACRED HEART SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
TROY, MO 3/28/2014
FARWELL AREA SCHOOLS 2 Performance(s)
FARWELL, MI 2/22/2014
ALMA AREA SCHOOLS 2 Performance(s)
ALMA, WI 1/25/2014
IMMANUEL LUTHERAN SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
WASHINGTON, MO 1/17/2014
WESTBROOK WALNUT GROVE HIGH SC 1 Performance(s)
WESTBROOK, MN 10/14/2013
WONEWOC CENTER DRAMA CLUB 2 Performance(s)
LAVALLE, WI 5/13/2013
CUBA CITY HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
CUBA CITY, WI 5/3/2013
CLARK HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
CLARK, SD 4/18/2013
BURKE SCHOOL DISTRICT 1 Performance(s)
BURKE, SD 3/23/2013
FRANCIS HOWELL SCHOOL DISTRICT 1 Performance(s)
SAINT CHARLES, MO 2/27/2013
NORMANGEE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
NORMANGEE, TX 4/28/2012
HUNTINGDON HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
HUNTINGDON, TN 4/11/2012
LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ALMA CENTER, WI 3/29/2012
LANESBORO HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
LANESBORO, MN 3/23/2012
PARKWAY NORTHEAST MIDDLE SCHOO 2 Performance(s)
CREVE COEUR, MO 3/1/2012
WEST YORK AREA MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
YORK, PA 2/22/2012
SPRING STATION MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
SPRING HILL, TN 11/4/2011
SPRING STATION MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
SPRING HILL, TN 11/4/2011
LUVERNE PUBLIC SCHOOLS 2 Performance(s)
LUVERNE, MN 10/15/2011
LE MARS COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
LE MARS, IA 4/14/2011
MARION LOCAL SCHOOLS 3 Performance(s)
MARIA STEIN, OH 4/8/2011
FAMILY YOUTH COMMUNITY CONNECT 1 Performance(s)
SAINT MICHAEL , MN 3/4/2011
PAULDING DRAMA CLUB 2 Performance(s)
PAULDING, OH 11/19/2010
CROWLEY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ORDWAY, CO 11/4/2010
EDMONSON COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
BROWNSVILLE, KY 5/21/2010
COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
LAKE CITY, FL 4/15/2010
CASTLE ROCK MS DRAMA 1 Performance(s)
CASTLE ROCK, WA 4/15/2010
BERN SCHOOL THEATRE 2 Performance(s)
BERN, KS 4/9/2010
EDGERTON PUBLIC SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
EDGERTON, MN 3/26/2010
WESTRAN MIDDLE SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
CLIFTON HILL, MO 3/18/2010
SUMMIT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 1 Performance(s)
BROKEN ARROW, OK 3/9/2010
WYNFORD HS DRAMA CLUB 2 Performance(s)
BUCYRUS, OH 11/20/2009
MANCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
AKRON, OH 10/31/2009
HURLEY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
HURLEY, SD 4/17/2009
FREDERIC 7-12 SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
FREDERIC, WI 3/15/2009
ROLLING HILLS PRESBYTERIAN 2 Performance(s)
OVERLAND PARK, KS 3/7/2009
ARTS IN UNISON 2 Performance(s)
MT. BRADDOCK, PA 12/5/2008
DRAMA WEBSTER HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
TULSA, OK 12/4/2008
ROGERS SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
FLORENCE, AL 11/20/2008
ADRIAN JR SR HIGH SCH 2 Performance(s)
ADRIAN, MN 11/8/2008
THEATRE GROUP 3 Performance(s)
DOUGLASVILLE, GA 10/16/2008
RED BOILING SPRINGS HIGH SCHOO 1 Performance(s)
RED BOILING SPRINGS, TN 10/10/2008
RED BOILING SPRINGS HIGH SCHOO 1 Performance(s)
RED BOILING SPRINGS, TN 10/10/2008
OWSLEY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
BOONEVILLE, KY 5/21/2008
OWSLEY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
BOONEVILLE, KY 5/21/2008
LUTHERAN HIGH SOUTH 1 Performance(s)
NEWPORT, MI 5/9/2008
WAYNE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
WAYNESBORO, TN 4/17/2008
EAST BRENT BAPTIST CHURCH 2 Performance(s)
PENSACOLA, FL 3/23/2008
AUGUSTA HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
AUGUSTA, WI 3/15/2008
HOKE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
RAEFORD, NC 3/15/2008
MASON DISTRICT HOSPITAL 2 Performance(s)
HAVANA, IL 3/14/2008
LINCOLNWOOD HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA 2 Performance(s)
RAYMOND, IL 3/14/2008
CORN BIBLE ACADEMY 2 Performance(s)
CORN, OK 3/7/2008
OCEAN CLIFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 4 Performance(s)
SURREY, BC 1/15/2008
EDWARDS-KNOX CTRL JR-SR HIGH 2 Performance(s)
RUSSELL, NY 11/16/2007
HEARTLAND LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
GRAND ISLAND, NE 11/10/2007
MANSON NORTHWEST WEBSTER CSD 2 Performance(s)
MANSON, IA 11/9/2007
MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
SAINT MARYS, OH 11/9/2007
NORTH MONTGOMERY HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN 11/2/2007
MONTROSE R14 SCHOOL DIST 1 Performance(s)
MONTROSE, MO 10/25/2007
ALTAMONT COMMUNITY THEATER 3 Performance(s)
ALTAMONT, IL 10/18/2007
RENNER MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
PLANO, TX 10/15/2007
INMAN HS 2 Performance(s)
INMAN, KS 5/18/2007
JAMES VALLEY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
HURON, SD 4/26/2007
GRANT-DEUEL SCHOOL DIST 25-3 2 Performance(s)
REVILLO, SD 4/22/2007
BRADFORD HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
BRADFORD, AR 4/17/2007
NORTH CENTRAL SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
ROGERS, ND 4/10/2007
JAMES VALLEY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
HURON, SD 4/7/2007
OOLTEWAH MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
OOLTEWAH, TN 4/1/2007
WEST SALEM HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
WEST SALEM, WI 3/29/2007
NASHVILLE HS 1 Performance(s)
NASHVILLE, AR 3/24/2007
CHRIST LUTHERAN SCHOOL 5 Performance(s)
JACOB, IL 3/19/2007
YELLOW MEDICINE EAST HIGH SCH 2 Performance(s)
GRANITE FALLS, MN 3/16/2007
CLAY CITY HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
CLAY CITY, IN 3/16/2007
KEYSER HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
KEYSER, WV 3/15/2007
MCCLAVE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
MCCLAVE, CO 1/24/2007
KEE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
LANSING, IA 1/20/2007
BURR OAK SCH 2 Performance(s)
BURR OAK, MI 11/17/2006
RIVERSIDE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
FISHERS, IN 11/17/2006
ELDON HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ELDON, MO 11/16/2006
RIVERSIDE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
FISHERS, IN 11/15/2006
BELGREEN HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
RUSSELLVILLE, AL 10/2/2006
MAURY MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
DANDRIDGE, TN 4/21/2006
SEQUATCHIE CO. HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
DUNLAP, TN 3/7/2006

Behind The Scenes

PLAYWRIGHT EDDIE MCPHERSON

TALKS ABOUT "THE COW TIPPERS"

Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?

A: My friends were claiming that cow tipping is only an urban legend and that it's physically impossible to knock over a grown cow. But then again, they're from California, so I knew there was no convincing them. I merely wrote a play about it instead. (By the way, cow tipping in not an urban legend.)

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?

A: The scenes where Cowboy is trying his best to court Cloe. His innocence and determination make for great comedy. At the same time, most of us can identify with him having a crush on someone, yet the recipient of our attention not returning the favor. We've all been there, right? Or.is it..just me?

Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?

A: Yes they are. I have taught rural students most of my adult life because I choose to teach these kids. I grew up in a small community called Dog Town, Alabama, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, so I identify with their personalities. You have to become very innovative when living so far from big cities and rural kids become creative when it comes to their recreation time. Directing rural kids in theatre productions is also fun. There is no arrogance or ego. Just kids doing their best and having a great time.

Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?

A: I live in the city now and I know about the attitudes a lot of city folks have about country living. They make their redneck jokes using their best "hick" accents. I tell them that if they had to live in the country for a year, they'd never leave. After their laughter dies down, I walk away offended. So I took a city slicker (Mrs. Brown), placed her in the middle of nowhere and she stayed. So there! Whew, I feel much better.

Q: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?

A: I hope when people play these characters, they don't play them as hillbillies. They're not. They are down-to-earth people with big hearts who are content with the simple lives they live. (Not that there's anything wrong with hillbillies.)