Play script adapted by Edward Mast. Based on the Mowgli stories of Rudyard Kipling, this dramatization places the jungle of India on a children's playground. Winner of the AATE Distinguished Play Award.
The unit set is a jungle-gym; the animals are costumed as playground characters. The dialogue and action refer to the jungle, but the play draws color and style from a child's intense world of playfulness, loyalty, adventure, and betrayal. A minimum of 8 actors to play 15 roles, gender various.
Mowgli the humanchild grows up in the Jungal, raised by wolves under the guidance of Baloo the bear. The tiger Sherakhan killed the parents and wants the boy's flesh, but Bagheera the lone panther protects him. Mowgli grows up wild and unconcerned, believing he's a wolf; but the Tiger works long and hard to poison the wolfpack against him. With rope stolen from the human village, Mowgli meets and destroys Sherakhan; but his use of "manthing" has broken Jungal Law. Mowgli must choose whether to defy the Law or leave the Jungal forever.