It’s 2050 and things on our planet have gone from bad to worse. Fires and flooding have left only robots, pirates, and an odd Pink Otter with an army of everything under the sea. Everyone in the world seems to want one thing, The Golden Burrito! But to get it they must survive on the robot infested Golden Burrito Island. Once they get what they want, what does it all mean? This dystopian children’s fairy tale was written by children who were home on zoom during the pandemic, who dreamed of travel and an escape from reality. What is your own Golden Burrito? Join the pirates, the lost girl, and the island princess as they discover the secrets and wonders of Burrito Island and what the Golden Burrito means for each of them. This play is about making friendships in odd places and reaching in your heart to pursue what you really want.
Laura Rohrman is a playwright and actress who grew up in Northern California and moved to New York City to pursue playwriting many years ago. She is the founder of Playwriting for Kids, a specialized program where kids write and perform their own plays. Laura’s plays have been produced all over the world. She is published by Smith and Kraus. MFA: New School for Drama.
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Excerpt from the play:
PRINCESS GIGI/NARRATOR 1
MAYA PIRATE/ NARRATOR 2
MANGOBERRY/ NARRATOR 3
ROBOT BOT/ NARRATOR 4
PETUNIA BURRITO, A pink otter
LILA A girl on a mission.
NARRATORS There are four narrators in this version, who also play characters. You could also consider having one performer play all the narrator lines.
NARRATOR 1 (GIGI)
The year was 2050. The world was engulfed in flames and plastics and a single rowboat was out at sea. In that boat, was a girl named Lila. She was the last of her kind. Her hair was wild and red, and her skin was burnt. She was tired and hungry for what everyone wanted these days.
The Golden Burrito.
Just before my parents died, I heard them talking about an island off the coast of the Caribbean that had gold and diamonds. And they said something about a golden burrito. That if I find that golden burrito, I’ll have whatever I want.
A pink otter appeared in the water and looked at the girl. Then she climbed in the boat.
What do you want?
And just like that the pink otter slipped back into the water and disappeared.
If I didn’t know any better, I’d think that otter was trying to talk to me. And I think she said “burrito” or something.
There it is again.
Burrito, Burrito, Burrito. As the otter, I guided the girl named Lila to the shore of…
Okay Otter. What’s your name?
Alright. Nice to meet you, Petunia. Well, I’m here. My fortune awaits.
Petunia Burrito looked at the girl and then swam off.
The girl caught a fish, built a fire, and cooked the fish and ate it. She heard loud rustling in the bushes.
What was that? That sounds like a monster!
Just then a yellow and red robot came out from the bushes.