Step right up, O Best Beloveds! See and hear of the High and Far-Off Times when the world was new-and-all! Satiate your curiosity about how the Camel got his Hump, the Elephant his Trunk, and the Kangaroo his Boundful Stride. 100% educational, verily full of veracity, and completely guaranteed! This ensemble adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s “Just So Stories” features ‘sclusively imaginative leaps, altogether incredible assertions, fantastical feats of theatricality, and ever-so-catchy sing-songs.
San Francisco theatre makers Rebecca Longworth and Joan Howard will debut their stage adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s "Just So Stories" entitled "O Best Beloved" at the San Francisco Fringe Festival this September.
In "O Best Beloved", a troupe of six itinerant storytellers bring Kipling's classic children's stories to life with a bohemian sensibility and highly stylized physicality. In their staging, “How the Camel Got His Hump” is a musical morality play, while “The Elephant’s Child” is a melodrama featuring a menagerie of exaggerated animals. “The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo” is set to the frantic pace of an acrobatic footrace, and the tall tale “How the Rhino Got his Skin” grows even taller with gossip.
Rudyard Kipling, a British author and poet born in Mumbai, India, published "Just So Stories" in 1902. "Just So Stories" is a collection of a dozen fanciful origin stories purporting to explain how the creatures of the world became as they are, "just so." Kipling was a prolific writer of prose and verse for both children and adults. Today he is probably best known for "The Jungle Book", another set of children's stories that have been widely adapted to stage and screen. His writing was wildly popular during his lifetime, but Kipling’s Imperialist politics have become more controversial and a growing subject of criticism since his death in 1936. Kipling’s stories for children, with their fanciful wordplay and focus on the natural world, are among his most enduring works.
The 2013 San Francisco Fringe Festival is the 22nd annual festival of independent theater produced by the Exit Theatre in downtown San Francisco. This year’s festival features 36 companies presenting 158 performances between September 6th and 21st, 2013. Advance tickets are available online, and 25% of tickets to all Fringe performances are reserved for sale at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, please visit the Fringe website at https://www.sffringe.org/obest