The play is available from YouthPLAYS

8-20f, 6-14m, 3-4any
Full length

CHARACTERS

FEMALE ROLES
SALLY BONES
JIM HAWKINS (F to play M)
MRS. HAWKINS
BLIND PEW
LONG JOAN SILVER
MRS. SITWELL
MISS BEAN
JEN GUNN

The Pirates:
ISRAEL HANDS
JACQUOTTE DELCHARGE
MARY READE
ANNE BONNEY
TESS MORGAN
MARIA LINDSEY
MARY "CRICKET" CRICHETT
LIZ PATRICKSON

MALE ROLES
SQUIRE TRELAWNEY
DR. LIVESY
CAPTAIN SMOLLET
FIRST MATE ALAN ARROW
BOSUN ABRAHAM GRAY
TOM REDRUTH

Inn Patrons:
FARMER GILES
DOUG THE UNDERTAKER
BONES THE BUTCHER
PETER THE PORTER

ROLES FOR ANY
THE PARROT

Merchants:
MEAT PIE SELLER
MERCHANT OF THINGS
FRUIT DEALER

Crowd scenes:
INN PATRONS
DOCKSIDE SAILORS

SETS

The Admiral Benbow Inn
A country lane
The Schooner Hispaniola
The Captain's cabin
The stockade
Treasure Island

SYNOPSIS

Long Joan Silver and her all-female crew take on discrimination and inequality as well as Squire Trelawney, Jim Hawkins and all the regular characters in this hysterical new version of the classic adventure story Treasure Island.

The playwright as a pirate.
Photo by Silvia Spross.

Long Joan Silver Nominated

About Long Joan Silver

A full length large cast comedy.

Long Joan Silver
The West Coast premiere, Loft Ensemble Theatre, Los Angeles, February 2017.
L to R: Ilona Concetta Castro, Tony Williams, Bree Pavey, Mitch Rosander, Thomas C. Lebow
Photo by Shane Tometich.

Long Joan Silver is a 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.

Why this play?

I loved Treasure Island growing up - my mother read it to me, and as soon as my kid was old enough, I read it to them... but turning the book into a play reveals a major failing: 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, (cough, cough Ken Ludwig, cough) 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. At the Los Angeles production, a girl of about six years old came up to Long Joan herself (Bree Pavey) after the show and said "Girls can be pirates too, because they're the tougherest!" That was when I knew the play worked the way I wanted it to!

Long Joan Silver
The West Coast premiere at Loft Ensemble Theatre, Los Angeles, February 2017.
Photo by Shane Tometich.

The play has roles for a large cast of actors, and although some of the characters are by necessity smaller roles, I made it a point that every actor either gets a chance to further the plot, or at least has a joke and can get a laugh just for themselves!

The play keeps the action of the original, but it does get 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!

Long Joan Silver at the Germantown Community Theatre
The Germantown Community Theatre production, Germantown, TN 2022.

Long Joan Silver - Youth cast
The Aberdour Youth Players in Scotland, 2014.




Recent Production at the TBA Theatre.

A recent production of Long Joan Silver at the TBA Theatre in Anchorage was directed by friend and amazing talent Becca Padrick!

Long Joan Silver at the TBA Theatre





Upcoming Production at Germantown Community Theatre!

Books on Stage brings literature to life with their youth classes production! Embark on the high seas of your imagination May 11th-14th with performances at 7pm to get you home for bed! All tickets just $10. Call 901-453-7447 or get Tickets.

Long Joan Silver at the Germantown Community Theatre





Rave reviews and a nomination for Outstanding Play!

Loft Ensemble's production was nominated for Outstanding Play by the 2017 Valley Theatre Awards.

Tracey Paleo of Gia on the Move wrote: "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 called it: "a rollicking good time on a startling number of levels".
Review by David MacDowell Blue.

Long Joan Silver






Sample Dialogue...


Long Joan Silver





Long Joan Silver
Long Joan Silver at the Loft Ensemble Theatre, Los Angeles, 2017. Photo by Shane Tometich.

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.

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