Washington Irving’s iconic tale of the HeadlessHorseman of Sleepy Hollow comes to life in this lyrical reimaging of the classic story.
Ichabod Crane has journeyed from bustling, high class Hartford, Connecticut to the mild and tranquil Sleepy Hollow, New York, for the express purpose of serving as the town’s schoolmaster. He is boarded by Baltus Van Tassel, a substantial Dutch farmer and father to Katrina Van Tassel, a blooming lass of fresh 18. Ichabod quickly falls for the beautiful Katrina and endeavors to win her heart— but Brom Bones, the Bully of Sleepy Hollow, also has his eyes set on Katrina (as well as her father’s substantial wealth). It becomes known that Ichabod loves ghost stories, but that they also terrify him to his core. At a party, Brom boasts that he recently defeated the local ghost— the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow— in a race that ended at the local church bridge; Ichabod is entranced by the story. On his way home, astride the old horse Gunpowder, Icahbod encounters the Headless Horseman, who begins to chase him! Ichabod flees from the Horseman until he and Gunpowder reach the supposed safety of the churchyard— but they’re not safe at all. The Horseman hurls his cursed cranium at the affrighted pedagogue, who tumbles off Gunpowder in a heap. The old horse flees as does the Horseman. The next day, Ichabod is gone, with only Gunpowder’s brown saddle and curious teething of the remains of a broken pumpkin to give the townspeople any clue as to what happened to the unfortunate schoolmaster.
Storytellers 1-4 (F/M) - the voices and setting of Sleepy Hollow (roles can be divided in half)
Ichabod Crane (M) - a Connecticut schoolmaster; very friendly, huge appetite
Katrina Van Tassel (F) - a fair damsel, a bit of a coquette
Baltus Van Tassel (M) - Katrina’s father, a wealthy farmer
Brom Bones (M) - the self-proclaimed hero of the country round
School Boy (F/M) - a jerky kid with a secret
Servant (F/M) - a wise and loyal bodyguard
Messenger (F/M) - a cranky deliverer of news
Headless Horseman (F/M) – the terrifying specter of Sleepy Hollow
Minimum cast: 5 – 1 F, 3 M, 1 F/M
Maximum cast: 16 - 1 F, 3 M, 12 F/M (additional actors can be used as townspeople, school children and the world of Sleepy Hollow – trees, scary things in the forest, etc.)
Suggested Actor Doubling for 5 Actors):
Storyteller 1/Katrina Van Tassel (F)
Storyteller 2/Baltus Van Tassel (M)
Storyteller 3/Brom Bones (M)
Storyteller 4/School Boy/Servant/Messenger (M/F)
Ichabod Crane (M)
Setting: The play takes place in numerous settings throughout early 19thcentury upstate New York. The settings include a schoolhouse, the Van Tassel Mansion, several country roads, a glen, and the route where Ichabod is chased by the Headless Horseman.
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Materials: your materials will be sent to you two months prior to your opening date and will include everything necessary for your production and can be ordered in Printed or Digital format. Printed Materials are provided on unbound three-hole punched loose-leaf paper while Digital Materials are provided via email as downloadable PDF files for you to print in-house. All materials are yours to keep! No deposits, no returns.
The required materials forThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow include:
Wicked Lit Print Edition - The beautifully designed anthology, available at wholesale costs to sell in your lobby!
Director's Script – Single-sided script with space for director’s notes.
Logo/PR Pack – Includes high-resolution artwork and reference photos. Also, ready-designed posters, reviews and pull quotes, if available.