Moon in a Barrel

Hermann has captured the Moon in a barrel. He and his wife scheme how to make money by showing the Moon off. As they scheme, however, nosy neighbor Schmidt comes along threatening to expose the entire plot.
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Moon in a Barrel

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  • Charles Scott Jones:
    29 Feb. 2024
    Some things never get old - like the moon - or the way Rand Higbee teases out the premise for MOON IN A BARREL. This comic triumph of wit and physical humor serves as inspiration - for the entertainer in me - to write plays for a wide age-range with terrific humor accessible to all. I’ve read it laughing and picturing a whole auditorium breaking up. Excellent.
  • Lisa Dellagiarino Feriend:
    14 Feb. 2024
    What a fun short this is! There's humor in the language and the situation, but there's a lot of opportunity for physical comedy as well, which isn't often the case in plays I read. This play is a real gift for a trio of comedic actors!
  • Hannah Lee DeFrates:
    15 Dec. 2022
    "Moon in a Barrel" is a cute comedy with all the charm of older comedies like "Green Acres" and "The Beverly Hillbillies." What lunacy to catch the moon in a barrel, but the excitement of Faye and Hermann almost makes you wish that they really did somehow capture a celestial body. Rand Higbee's delightful comedy gives a lot of opportunity for actors to play into the folky farce. Reading this play has given me a homey feeling and a longing for simpler times.

Character Information

  • Faye
    30s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
  • Hermann
    30s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Faye's husband
  • Schmidt
    30s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Hermann and Faye's neighbor

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Midwest Dramatists Conference (Olathe, Kansas)
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    Last Frontier Theatre Conference (Valdez, Alaska)
    ,
    2014

Production History

  • Professional
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    The Pulp Stage in Portland, Oregon
    ,
    2018
  • Community Theater
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    Kauai Shorts Ten Minute Play Festival (Lihue, Hawaii, voted audience favorite)
    ,
    2015