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The Western Tale
by Tracy Krauss
The Bard goes cowboy – a two-act play that is anything
but the typical western. This loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s The
Winter’s Tale has a western setting, characters and theme. In the play,
Big Leo and Doc Xavier have been friends since boyhood, until Big Leo’s
suspicious nature convinces him his wife, Ramona, and the Doc are having an
affair. Following the original story line, he takes her to court where she
collapses – apparently dead. He banishes her newly born baby in the
wilderness to die, but his loyal ranch hand, Gus, secretly saves the child
who is raised by some local squatters. Fast forward sixteen years, and
‘Pearl’ (Leo’s daughter) falls in love with Doc Xavier’s son. You can guess
the rest… In the end, Leo repents, Ramona reappears, everyone is reunited
and they all live happily ever after. True to the original Shakespearean
version, the play is a comedy but there are also some dark dramatic moments.
The famous ‘bear scene’ remains, and Father Time has been transformed into a
traveling ‘snake oil salesman’ named Otto, who also functions as the
narrator. Running time – 80 minutes.
About this Playwright
Tracy Krauss is a prolific author with several romantic suspense novels and stage plays in print. She is also an artist, director and teacher. She holds a B.Ed degree from the University of Saskatchewan and, after raising four children, now resides in British Columbia, Canada. Visit Krauss' Author Page on Amazon.com!
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