Wilde Tales

Written by:

Kate Hennig

Cast Size:
6

Roles For:

  • Men: 3
  • Women: 3

Genre:

Adaptation
Adventure
Comedy
Fantasy

Themes:

Loss
Love

Length:

55 min.

Year Written:

2017

Synopsis:

Oscar Wilde’s genius never blazed more brightly than in The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and the Rose, The Remarkable Rocket, and The Selfish Giant. In these Wilde Tales, created to delight and inspire the child in each of us, he conjures a fantastical world in which statues, birds and even fireworks have the power of eloquent speech. And yet, in the end, his stories are about the most human things of all: kindness, loss, and love.

Characters:

The 3F, 3M cast breakdown listed here is a minimum requirement as each performer plays multiple roles.

First Produced:

Shaw Festival, 2017

Resources:

Consult Playwright’s Website for script access to Wilde Tales.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Notes:

“For Wilde, which is reflected in his stories, love is a powerful, life-altering force, one that isn’t confined between a man and a woman (nor even between humans), and while it itself may be impermanent, its impact, however, is.

To be frank, it makes for much for interesting theatrical fare than the Disney-fied versions that sometimes take up space in the “children’s theatre” category. That’s why Wilde Tales also aspires to earn its subtitle, Stories for Young and Old — while stories like The Happy PrinceThe Nightingaleandthe Rose, and The Selfish Giant present lessons about love and death that are sure to spark some family real talk on the drive home, they’re welcome reminders for those of us who have experienced those lessons first-hand already.” – Review from The Toronto Star, 2017