TITLE:
When the Stones Were Soft
by Alan David Perkins
Copyright 1994
(based on stories from the book "When The Stones Were Soft; East African Fireside Tales" by Eleanor B. Heady)

CLASSIFICATION:

A play for children, ages 9-12.

SYNOPSIS:

In the village of Kituru in the eastern part of Africa, Mama Semamingi, the local storyteller, tells the local children three stories: Why the dog walks with man, the Baobab Tree and why we have rainbows.

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CAST:

6 NARRATORS
MAMA SEMAMINGI
4 SCHOOL CHILDREN
MBWA THE DOG
TOPI THE HARTEBEESTE (A BIG ANTELOPE)
TEMBO THE ELEPHANT
SIMBA THE LION
MAN
BAOBAB TREE
2 GREAT WIND PEOPLE
MUNGU (GOD)
2 RAIN PEOPLE
MKUNGA MBURA (GOD OF THUNDER & LIGHTNING)
CHIEF KINYANGA
7 VILLAGERS
1 BLACK CLOUD PERSON
RAINBOW PERSON

LENGTH:

20 - 25 minutes.

REQUIREMENTS:

A sparse African village with props and backdrops for the different vignettes.

CONTACTING THE PLAYWRIGHT:

The entire script of When the Stones Were Soft is available upon request from the playwright. No production of this play can take place without permission from the playwright.