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The Rocking-Horse Winner

The Rocking-Horse Winner
Your Price: $14.95 CDN
Author: Clark Fuller
Publisher: Dramatic Publishing
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 36
Pub. Date: 1966
ISBN-10: 0871299186
ISBN-13: 9780871299185
Cast Size: 4 female, 5 male

About the Play:

The Rocking-Horse Winner is a one-act drama adapted for the stage by Clark Fuller from the famous D.H. Lawrence short story of the same name. A modern adaptation of the D.H. Lawrence short story, The Rocking-Horse Winner, deals with greed and the dangers of outright materialism.

The Rocking-Horse Winner centers around a boy who feels the covert dislike of his beautiful, luxury-craving mother and strives to win her love by being lucky. He associates luck with horse racing and sometimes, when he secretly rides his old horse, it's as if the names and winners come to him. So with the help of a young gardener, he bets on a horse running in the Ascot of the Derby and builds up a sum of money for his mother. The unforgettable climax comes in the shattering final speech.

The Rocking-Horse Winner is a popular choice for community theatre productions and is an ideal choice for high school drama contests and one-act festivals.

Cast: 4 female, 5 male

About the Playwright:

David Herbert Lawrence (1885-1930) was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter. He is best known for his novels Sons and Lovers, The Rainbow, Women in Love, and Lady Chatterley's Lover. Writing in the period leading up to and following the First World War, his collected works represent, among other things, an extended reflection upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialization. Some of the issues he explores are sexuality, emotional health, vitality, spontaneity, and instinct.