The Other: A Strange Christmas Tale

Written by:

Beverley Cooper

Cast Size:
28

Roles For:

  • Men: 5
  • People of Colour: 3
  • Women: 10

Genre:

Drama

Themes:

Christmas
Religion

Length:

60 min.

Year Written:

2018

Synopsis:

A young girl attempts to bring her fractured family together on a snowy winter
night that is full of mystery and magic.

Characters:

Cast: In order of speaking.
(There can be doubling where needed.)

Volunteer: Phyllis

Volunteer: Reggie

Ebenezer Krank: 70ish – older, disgruntled, retired historian

Leanne: 14, mixed race, Ebenezer’s Granddaughter

Lois: any age

Front of House Person: any age

Angela

Fiddler

Tom: could be aged 30-50, and can also be in the Nativity scene

Olive: could be aged 30-50, and can also play Lois

Margaret Ridge: 30s, can also play Cheryl or Estelle

Elizabeth Ridge: 12

Ridge toddler/baby Jesus

Mary O’Brien: 20, can also play Cheryl or Estelle

Young Ebenezer: 20

Judy Krank: mid 20s/then thirties

Bill Toussaint: mid 20s/then thirties, he is second generation Haitian Canadian

Scout: Dog.

Cheryl: teenager

Estelle: teenager

Passerbys/Partygoers/Choir Members/Cast of Nativity Scene/Romas

First Produced:

4 th Line Theatre first produced The Other in December 2018 as a travelling play throughout the streets and paths of Millbrook, Ontario, beginning and ending at the St. Thomas Anglican Church. Directed by Kim Blackwell.

Resources:

The script is published by 4 th Line Theatre Press, in 4th Line Theatre: Outside of Summer. It can be purchased through this website: https://www.4thlinetheatre.on.ca/4th-line-theatre-outside-of-summer.

Notes:

Music plays a big part of the play. In the original production, a fiddler followed the cast as they travelled through the town, and a choir sang carols at the end of the play.