9 characters; Flexible cast; 8 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A comedy based on several fairy tales written by Andy Pavey.

Wolf in the Suburbs is a twisted mash-up of the Three Little Pigs, The Boy Who Cried Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood. When the Wolf disguises himself as a local pig contractor, the boy who cried wolf tries to warn the town, but they just won’t believe him. The sheep are lured away and eaten by the wolf and now he’s looking forward to dinner at Grandma’s house. It’s up to Red Riding Hood and her flaky grandmother to save the town! This hilarious fairy tale is great for all ages!

Andy Pavey is a commissioned playwright, who writes short plays for Drama Notebook. He is a student who attends UWC-USA. He previously spent nine years with Davenport Junior Theatre, the second-oldest children’s theatre in the United States, where he acted in productions, managed the props building, and wrote plays for young actors to perform. In addition to writing, Andy is an avid backpacker!

Excerpt from the play:

CAST OF CHARACTERS

Shepherd Boy
Sheep 1
Sheep 2
Pig 1
Wolf
Pig 2
Reporter / 911 Operator
Little Red
Grandma

At rise: the SHEPHERD BOY sits onstage, alongside his herd of SHEEP. The PIGS are building “houses” which are really just piles of building materials, on the opposite side of the stage. PIG 1 is building a pile of hay, PIG 2 is building a pile of sticks, and the WOLF, who is disguised as PIG 3, is building an impressive house of bricks. The WOLF is very obviously a wolf.

SHEPHERD BOY
It’s a rather beautiful day in the suburbs. The sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, but there’s a wolf lurking amongst us, and I’m the only one who knows about it. There’s just one problem with that. I’m the boy who cried wolf. Literally.

SHEEP 2 (to SHEEP 1)
Is he monologuing again?

SHEEP 1
Take a wild guess.

SHEPHERD BOY
Hey. Quiet, you two! Don’t make me cry wolf!

SHEEP 1
Yeah, like that will work.

SHEEP 2
You’ve cried wolf so many times.

SHEEP 1 (to the audience)
SO many times. So many.

SHEEP 2
At this point, I think the villagers would be happy if you were gobbled up by a wolf.

PIG 1
What’s all the fuss over there?

WOLF
Yeah, what’s all the fuss, am I right? I’m a pig!

PIG 2
Yeah! He’s a pig!

The WOLF gives an exaggerated wink to the audience.

WOLF
Guess what? I’m actually a wolf.

PIG 1
What did you say?

WOLF (unconvincingly)
Oh, well, I was just telling the audience about our time with Mama Pig on that good old farm in upstate New York. Oh, to be young again.

PIG 1
Wait. Didn’t we grow up in Manhattan?

WOLF
What do I know. I mean, I’m just a pig.

The WOLF gives an exaggerated wink to the audience.

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