“‘Wringer,’ the musical, is fun from beginning to end... The production offers a clever script (by Rebekah Greer Melocik, who also wrote the witty lyrics), catchy tunes (by Jacob Yandura) and fine performances.”
— The New York Times
Music by JACOB YANDURA
Book & Lyrics by REBEKAH GREER MELOCIK
Based on the novel by JERRY SPINELLI
Based on the Newbery Honor-winning book by Jerry Spinelli, WRINGER tells the hilarious and heartfelt story of Palmer, a 10-year-old boy who's about to take part in his town's annual pigeon shoot. When he secretly befriends a pigeon, taking him in as a pet, Palmer finally finds the strength to stand up to peer pressure and speak out against the town's violent tradition.
WRINGER was commissioned by NEW YORK CITY CHILDREN'S THEATER.
CHARACTERS (4M / 1W)
Man 1: PALMER LARUE, a sensitive boy, 10
Man 2: BEANS, the toughest kid in school, 10
Man 3: MUTTO, BEANS’ sidekick, 10
Man 4: MR. LARUE, PALMER’S father, the wringer coach, 30's
Woman 1: DOROTHY, a radical liberal, 9
**NIPPER, the pigeon, is a puppet. In the world premiere production, NIPPER was played by the entire cast.
IDEAL BAND SIZE: 4 [piano, bass, drums, guitar]
World Premiere, City Center Stage II, New York City, 2016: dir. Stephen Brackett
Workshop, New York City Children's Theater, New York City, 2015: dir. Stephen Brackett
Reading, New York City Children's Theater, New York City, 2014: dir. Stephen Brackett