By Mark Twain; Adapted by John Hardy
Huckleberry Finn's odyssey of self-discovery is a play of social commentary,
disguised as an adventure through the heartland of America. This play
captures the spirit of the book and retains much of Twain's voice. An
exploration of morality and the value of human life, the play weaves a
rich vein of humor through the plot line. Eight or more actors play forty roles.
The narrative aspect of Huck's voice is heard throughout. The convention
is: his voice can be heard from any character, but he is the only one that
directly addresses the audience. Further, there need be no clear
definition between "dialogue" and "narrative". All characters, including
Huck, can use the voice of narrative as "dialogue". Essentially, when in
the midst of "dialogue" (a scene), Huck's narrative voice can be used as
"dialogue" from the mouths of all characters. What we hope to accomplish
with this convention is to establish and maintain a strong narrative line
throughout. In the context of this script, the narrative voice is
contained within quotation marks, whether it is used as dialogue or
general narrative. (To further confuse matters: quotation marks also
serve their typical literary function.)
All characters are functions of the internal narrative of Huck's mind. As such, it is necessary to establish and maintain the use of all actors as functions of this internal narrative. The devices of theatricality should not be hidden. Let actors function as executors of theatricality to the same degree that they function as character(s).
All visual aspects of the production should seek to "impress", location,
time, dress, and properties, staying away from literal interpretation whenever possible.
2 hours with one intermission
"Hardy's adaptation is the best I've ever seen. ...Rollicking good fun... A Fast and furious adventure...those of us who love Twain will find the adaptation a loyal rendering of the novel and those less familiar will have no trouble at all following the twists and turns of the plot. This is a play that everyone in the family will enjoy." Robert McKinney, The Bristol Herald Courier