Hank & Gretchen: A Modern Retelling of Hansel & Gretel; or Because Candy is That Good by Stacy Davidowitz and Mark T Evans

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About The Play

Musical Comedy.  Book and lyrics by Stacy Davidowitz, music by Mark T Evans.  60-75 minutes.  8-15 males, 8-15 females (23-75+ performers possible).  Suitable for elementary school and older.

Premiered at Chatterton Elementary School, Chatterton-On-Stage (Merrick, NY - Long Island)

"Having the opportunity to direct the first production of Hank & Gretchen was really exciting...  The show lent itself well to children—the candy aspect really drew them in, while the story still presented layers for the cast to explore.  This show really piqued their interest in theatre overall." -Shira and Loni Stein, Co-Directors of Chatterton-on-Stage

Printed Script:  $7.95 (contains special author commentary)Digital Perusal Script: $10.00 (includes digital perusal score).   Performance Royalties: $60.00/performance.  Production Photocopy License:  $45.00 (PDF file that may be printed/copied for your cast/crew; must be purchased in conjunction with Performance Royalties)Classroom Photocopy License:  $75.00 (PDF file that may be printed/copied for closed classroom study only).  Limited Video License:  $60.00 (permission to record your production with limited distribution; must be purchased in conjunction with Performance Royalties).  Professional rights should be negotiated directly with YouthPLAYS at info@youthplays.com.  Need detailed help?  Click on Place an Order and then look for the blue What Do I Order? button!



Candy is money.  Money is candy.  Candy is dangerously addictive.  And no one knows where it's coming from.  While on a forced vacation to visit their witch step-grandmother Baba Yaga, Hank and Gretchen are about to be made into the most poisonous candy to date.  Will young Sally Soda Pop save her best friends with sugar-driven energy and unwavering loyalty?  Will Barbie Yaga find the love in her heart to free herself from her mother's evil Tic Tac popping spell?  Will homeless, candy addict Sugar Daddy discover his purpose and long-lost familial roots?  Narrated by an inflicted, conflicted foursome of grandparents, Hank & Gretchen tells the story of family and friends, health and control, and an economy that rides on chocolate.

Music Files

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The World of the Play

Candy Makes Me Happy

Yaga Tango


Read An Excerpt


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Did You Know?

Will Coleman wrote and produced his first play at the age of seven, for his second grade class.  It was about Winnie-the-Pooh, and probably broke a lot of copyright laws.