Shane, adapted from Jack Schaefer’s novella by Kenneth Robbins

Original cover of the novella, 1949

Drama/ 18 Characters, 16 Men, 2 Women, some doubling possible/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: The mythical hero, Shane, rides into the life of a 10 year-old boy living on a homestead in Wyoming, 1889, and saves him and his family from the evil of the local ranchers.

From Oberlin College: “The story, seen through the eyes of a young boy, deals with a gunfighter who tries to hang up his guns but is drawn to the side of the boy’s family and other homesteaders in their struggle to keep from being forced off their land by cattlemen . . . . Considered one of the top three all-time great westerns.”

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Contact information:
Amateur and Professional Rights:
Dr. Dorothy Dodge Robbins
School of Literature and Language
Louisiana Tech University
Ruston, LA 71272

About the Playwright: Kenneth Robbins is an award-winning novelist and playwright, living in Ruston, Louisiana, where he teaches in the Honors Program of Louisiana Tech University while being mostly retired as Professor Emeritus. He is the author of six published novels, twenty-nine published plays, and numerous stories, poems, memoirs, and essays and has been produced extensively throughout the US, Canada, Japan, and Denmark.

Jack Schaefer: A newspaper journalist-turned-author, Schaefer (1901-1991) wrote dozens of thoroughly researched westerns and was an editor of anthologies of western stories. Eight of his books were made into movies, but it is his first novel, Shane, published in 1949, and the film made from it in 1953 starring Alan Ladd, for which he will best be remembered.

Shane was first professionally produced at Caesar’s Ford Amphitheater in Xenia, Ohio in 2005.