by Larry Rinkel
Waiting for a flight to London delayed by weather, six passengers decide to pass the time by re-enacting six of the stories from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (the Merchant, Miller, Reeve, Wife of Bath, Knight, and Nun’s Priest). Along the way they find the stories not only have a lot to say about sex, love, marriage, social status, youth, and age; but they are also revealed as reflections of each character’s personality and relationship to his or her fellow travelers. This play can be performed as a full-length work, or each tale can be presented as a separate 10-15 minute play.
- Cast Size: 4M 2W
- Running Time: 90+ minutes for full presentation/10-15 minutes for individual works
- Royalty Rate: $75 for full production performance/$15 when shorts are produced individually
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A disparate group of delayed travelers, whose travel from JFK to London Heathrow has been delayed due to inclement weather, pass the time by enacting 6 “Canterbury Tales” in this delightfully modern riff on Chaucer. Rinkel’s funny, saucy rhyme schemes surprise with disarming and charming twists, and are perfectly suited to modern ears and mores. Wonderful work.