The play is available from YouthPLAYS

8-20 F, 6-14 M, 3-4 E
Full length

CHARACTERS

FEMALE ROLES
SALLY BONES
JIM HAWKINS (F to play M)
MRS. HAWKINS
BLIND PEW
LONG JOAN SILVER
MRS. SITWELL
MISS BEAN
JEN GUNN
The Pirates:
ISRAEL HANDS
JACQUOTTE DELCHARGE
MARY READE
ANNE BONNEY
TESS MORGAN
MARIA LINDSEY
MARY "CRICKET" CRICHETT
LIZ PATRICKSON

MALE ROLES
SQUIRE TRELAWNEY
DR. LIVESY
CAPTAIN SMOLLET
FIRST MATE ALAN ARROW
BOSUN ABRAHAM GRAY
TOM REDRUTH
Inn Patrons:
FARMER GILES
DOUG THE UNDERTAKER
BONES THE BUTCHER
PETER THE PORTER

ROLES FOR EITHER
THE PARROT
Merchants:
MEAT PIE SELLER
MERCHANT OF THINGS
FRUIT DEALER
Crowd scenes:
INN PATRONS
DOCKSIDE SAILORS

SETS

The Admiral Benbow Inn
A country lane
The Schooner Hispaniola
The Captain's cabin
The stockade
Treasure Island

SYNOPSIS

Long Joan Silver and her all-female crew take on discrimination and inequality as well as Squire Trelawney, Jim Hawkins and all the regular characters in this hysterical new version of the classic adventure story Treasure Island.

The playwright as a pirate.
Photo by Silvia Spross.

Long Joan Silver Nominated

About Long Joan Silver

A full length large cast comedy.

Long Joan Silver
The West Coast premiere of Long Joan Silver at the Loft Ensemble Theatre in Los Angeles, February 2017. Photo by Shane Tometich.

Long Joan Silver is a full length comedy commissioned by YouthPLAYS, who asked me for a version of Treasure Island for their catalog of plays suitable for High Schools and TYA productions.

Rave reviews for the 2017 production of "LONG JOAN SILVER" in Los Angeles and a nomination for Outstanding Play!

Loft Ensemble's production was nominated for Outstanding Play by the 2017 Valley Theatre Awards.

Tracey Paleo of Gia on the Move wrote: "the literary classic coming-of-age story is transmuted into an incredibly entertaining modern farce, ripe with perfectly inserted and delivered one-liners, silly gags that work in every pause for a laugh, and a swift sailing narrative that stays engaging throughout."
Review by Tracey Paleo.

David MacDowell Blue of Night-Tinted Glasses called it: "a rollicking good time on a startling number of levels".
Review by David MacDowell Blue.

Long Joan Silver


The play solves one of my personal issues with every production I've seen yet: a lack of roles for women. In the original book there's only one woman, and she doesn't even have a name. I've seen the odd production that shoe-horns in a female pirate, but none that actually address the subject. This one does. In fact, the role of women is paramount to the themes of discrimination, privilege and greed that are background in the book but brought to the forefront in Long Joan Silver.

It's also funny. I mean, silly funny, with mad rat-eating, cheese obsessed Jen Gunn arguing over the going price of trading the treasure for a piece of Parmigiano - Is it organic? - to Dr. Livesy dressing up as a one legged woman to try and frighten Cap'n Sally Bones.
Okay, it may not be the book exactly... but it's the book funnier!

Sample Dialogue...


Long Joan Silver

Long Joan Silver
Long Joan Silver at the Loft Ensemble Theatre, Los Angeles, 2017. Photo by Shane Tometich.

From the publisher's website:
The classic adventure story of buried treasure - and the original one-legged pirate with a parrot - gets a timely makeover, combining offbeat farce, sight gags and horrendous puns with a dramatic core that explores discrimination, privilege and greed. Unlike in Robert Louis Stevenson's book, where only one unnamed character is female, women are front and center as Long Joan Silver's young Jim Hawkins comes of age during the fateful voyage of the Hispaniola and the clash between an all-female pirate crew and Squire Trelawney, Doctor Livesey and the domineering Captain Smollett.

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To inquire about producing this play, please contact YouthPLAYS.