The Red Fern Theatre Company presents Found a Peanut, by Donald Margulies, directed by Melanie Moyer Williams.
In a Brooklyn tenement on the last day of summer vacation, a group of children aged five to fourteen (portrayed by adult actors) are at play. Finding a dying bird they decide to have a ritual burial, which leads to the discovery of a bag of money. This discovery, in turn, results in squabbles and bitterness among the children, as the microcosm of their games gradually yields an awareness of greed, betrayal and violence -- elements of life heretofore unknown to them but, regrettably, so much a part of the grownup world which they are approaching. In a sense the play, with deft irony and lively humor, marks the coming of age of the children, as the carefree innocence of youth is sobered by the emergence of emotions which, while not yet fully comprehended, will have a profound effect on their lives in the years to come.