Open Wardrobes: The Theater and Writing of T. James Belich
The Tiger, the Brahman, and the Jackal
by T. James Belich

Genre: Folk tale
Length: 35 minutes
Total Cast: 8 (2 women, 6 men or women) – Doubling possible
Set: Minimal
Royalties:    $35 per performance
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Based on a folk tale from India, this story tells of a poor Brahman who learns that, truly, no good deed goes unpunished.  In an act of mercy he frees a Tiger from a cage only to become destined for the starving beast's next dinner.  The Brahman's pleas for his life only secure a promise from the Tiger to abide by the decision of an outside judge.  In vain the Brahman searches for someone sympathetic to his cause, but he is rebuffed as a self-serving fool first by the Buffalo, then by the Sacred Fig Tree, and lastly by the Road.  When a foolish Jackal offers to help, the desperate Brahman soon finds himself at wit's end explaining the situation to the dim-witted beast, his only hope of escaping the jaws of the impatient Tiger!

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Production History

The Tiger, the Brahman, and the Jackal was first performed by the Hodge-Podge Players in the Twin Cities, Minnesota on June 12th, 13th, and 14th, 2003.   It was directed by Jaron Burdick with the following cast:

      THE FARMEREmily Swora
      THE TIGERKevin Whitby
      THE HUNTERThomas Leeper
      THE BRAHMANJustin Adelmann
      THE BUFFALOSandy Carlson
      THE SACRED FIG TREE    Katherine Juul
      THE ROADCarl O'Brian
      THE JACKALKatrisa Bohne