About Long Joan Silver
A full length large cast comedy.
Long Joan Silver is a new full length comedy commissioned by YouthPLAYS, who asked me for a version of Treasure Island for their catalog of plays suitable for High Schools and TYA productions.
Rave reviews for "LONG JOAN SILVER" in Los Angeles!
Tracey Paleo of Gia on the Move writes: "the literary classic coming-of-age story is transmuted into an incredibly entertaining modern farce, ripe with perfectly inserted and delivered one-liners, silly gags that work in every pause for a laugh, and a swift sailing narrative that stays engaging throughout."
Review by Tracey Paleo.
David MacDowell Blue of Night-Tinted Glasses calls it: " a rollicking good time on a startling number of levels".
Review by David MacDowell Blue.
The play solves one of my personal issues with every production I've seen yet: a lack of roles for women. In the original book there's only one woman, and she doesn't even have a name. I've seen the odd production that shoe-horns in a female pirate, but none that actually address the subject. This one does. In fact, the role of women is paramount to the themes of discrimination, privilege and greed that are background in the book but brought to the forefront in Long Joan Silver.
It's also funny. I mean, silly funny, with mad rat-eating, cheese obsessed Jen Gunn arguing over the going price of trading the treasure for a piece of Parmigiano - Is it organic? - to Dr. Livesy dressing up as a one legged woman to try and frighten Cap'n Sally Bones.
Okay, it may not be the book exactly... but it's the book funnier!
From the publisher's website:
The classic adventure story of buried treasure - and the original one-legged pirate with a parrot - gets a timely makeover, combining offbeat farce, sight gags and horrendous puns with a dramatic core that explores discrimination, privilege and greed. Unlike in Robert Louis Stevenson's book, where only one unnamed character is female, women are front and center as Long Joan Silver's young Jim Hawkins comes of age during the fateful voyage of the Hispaniola and the clash between an all-female pirate crew and Squire Trelawney, Doctor Livesey and the domineering Captain Smollett.
To inquire about producing this play, please contact YouthPLAYS.