The Velveteen Rabbit
A play by Phil Grecian
Based on the book by Margery Williams
“What is REAL?” asked the Velveteen Rabbit “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”
“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”
“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.
“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt… It doesn’t happen all at once it takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
This is the lesson of the beloved children's story The Velveteen Rabbit and it is brought lovingly to the stage by the Phoenix Players Phire Phlies. In this version, children and adults alike will delight to the antics of the wooden lion, the rag puppy, and the wind up mouse and will cheer when the velveteen rabbit learns how to love and saves the boy from the “scarlet fear.”.
This is the perfect play to introduce young children to live theatre, but everyone will leave the theatre feeling a little more “REAL”.