Kate Crackernuts

Kate Crackernuts
by Sheila Callaghan

Productions (14)
  • Convoluted fairy tale
  • 120 - 140 minutes
  • 5 f, 4 m, 10 either (9-19 actors possible: 5-15 f, 4-14 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: A divan/chaise, and a flexible representative bed.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-340-3

Kate Crackernuts
by Sheila Callaghan

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Productions (14)
  • Convoluted fairy tale
  • 120 - 140 minutes
  • 5 f, 4 m, 10 either (9-19 actors possible: 5-15 f, 4-14 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: A divan/chaise, and a flexible representative bed.

Kate's sister Anne, a ravishing beauty, wakes up one morning to discover a sheep's head between her shoulders. Thus begins the journey of the two sisters in their quest to return Anne's true head to its proper place. The journey is sidetracked, however, by Kate's obsession with a slim raver-boy who has a nasty little addiction. Based loosely and lyrically on the British fairy tale "Kate Crackernuts."

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Pricing Information

Min. Performance Fee* $80
Standard Edition $9.99
Stage Manager Edition $18.99

*The per performance fee begins at $80. Your per performance fee will be provided during the ordering process.

Play Details

Kate's sister Anne, a ravishing beauty, wakes up one morning to discover a sheep's head between her shoulders. Thus begins the journey of the two sisters in their quest to return Anne's true head to its proper place. The journey is sidetracked, however, by Kate's obsession with a slim raver-boy who has a nasty little addiction. Based loosely and lyrically on the British fairy tale "Kate Crackernuts."

  • Convoluted fairy tale
  • 120 - 140 minutes
  • 5 f, 4 m, 10 either (9-19 actors possible: 5-15 f, 4-14 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: A divan/chaise, and a flexible representative bed.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-340-3

Published Reviews

"Strange, dense, brilliant wordplay...part poetry slam, part rave, part dog-eared storybook theater, and all edgy, infectious, ultra-theatrical entertainment. Kate Crackernuts is an adult fairy tale that, like its tough but vulnerable heroine, follows a warped dream logic while keeping its sharp-tongued wits about it."

Rob Kendt, Los Angeles Times

"Wild, quirky, funny tale of quest and conquest... Kate Crackernuts is funny, it's also a little risque, and a bit touching."

WFIU Indiana

"There's a wild terrain of words in this playwright's head...fantastical...a primal psychological crucible."

The Village Voice

"Kate Crackernuts...is replete with themes of maternity... Callaghan's wordplay is evocative and apt..."

Time Out New York

"An off-beat adaptation...eclectic but well-constructed, inventive...energetic, fun, and funny!"

OffOffOnline

"A new mythology for the 21st century...it's a great ride."

Back Stage West

"A pulsing dreamscape where fairy tale meets rave... Breathtaking, ingenious innovation."

The Trojan Horse (University of Southern California)

"Watching it is rather like viewing a Pablo Picasso exhibit -- full of color, angles, movement, musicians -- and if you must ask what this actually means, you've missed the show."

The Herald Times (Bloomington, Indiana)

Production History

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AUG 21, 2015 - AUG 21, 2015
Swandive Theatre
Minneapolis, MN United States
Swandive Theatre Minneapolis, MN United States
MAY 09, 2014 - MAY 10, 2014
Woodshed Ensemble
Poughkeepsie, NY United States
Woodshed Ensemble Poughkeepsie, NY United States
FEB 17, 2010 - FEB 21, 2010
UALR Theatre Arts & Dance
Little Rock, AR United States
UALR Theatre Arts & Dance Little Rock, AR United States
MAR 17, 2009 - MAR 17, 2009
The Theatre Lab School Of The Dramatic Arts
Washington, DC United States
The Theatre Lab School Of The Dramatic Arts Washington, DC United States
NOV 20, 2008 - NOV 22, 2008
French American International School
Berkeley, CA United States
French American International School Berkeley, CA United States
FEB 01, 2008 - FEB 16, 2008
Stray Cat Theatre
Phoenix, AZ United States
Stray Cat Theatre Phoenix, AZ United States
DEC 09, 2007 - DEC 11, 2007
Fordham University Theatre Program
New York, NY United States
Fordham University Theatre Program New York, NY United States
NOV 17, 2006 - DEC 02, 2006
A.R.T. Institute
Cambridge, MA United States
A.R.T. Institute Cambridge, MA United States
FEB 28, 2005 - MAR 03, 2005
Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY United States
Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY United States
JAN 01, 2004 - DEC 31, 2004
Flea Theatre
New York, NY United States
Flea Theatre New York, NY United States
JAN 01, 2003 - DEC 31, 2003
24th Street Theatre
Los Angeles, CA United States
24th Street Theatre Los Angeles, CA United States
JAN 01, 2002 - DEC 31, 2002
Bloomington Playwrights Project
Bloomington, IN United States
Bloomington Playwrights Project Bloomington, IN United States
JAN 01, 2001 - DEC 31, 2001
ASK Theatre Projects (reading)
Los Angeles, CA United States
ASK Theatre Projects (reading) Los Angeles, CA United States
JAN 01, 2000 - DEC 31, 2000
Printer's Devil Theatre (workshop)
Seattle, WA United States
Printer's Devil Theatre (workshop) Seattle, WA United States
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JAN 01, 2004 - DEC 31, 2004
Flea Theatre
New York, NY United States
Flea Theatre New York, NY United States
JAN 01, 2003 - DEC 31, 2003
24th Street Theatre
Los Angeles, CA United States
24th Street Theatre Los Angeles, CA United States
JAN 01, 2002 - DEC 31, 2002
Bloomington Playwrights Project
Bloomington, IN United States
Bloomington Playwrights Project Bloomington, IN United States

Awards (4)

MacDowell Residency

Cherry Lane Mentor Project finalist

Jerome Fellowship

Princess Grace Award