Revolt of the Beavers
Revolt of the Beavers was a children's play put on by the Federal Theater Project by Oscar Saul and Louis Lantz. One critic described the play as "Marxism a la Mother Goose". The show ran at the Adelphi Theater in New York City from May 20, 1937, to June 19 of that year. Jules Dassin  and John Randolph  were among the play's cast. The play involved a worker beaver named Oakleaf, who leads a revolt against "The Chief" Beaver who was exploiting the workers. Though the play was a fantasy fable intended for children, it was attacked by the HUAC for promoting Communist ideals.
In October 2009, the play was re-written, adapted, and performed at the University of Wisconsin–Madison as part of the University Theatre's 2009–10 season. The new adaptation was written and directed by John-Stuart Fauquet and Pete Rydberg and features an updated script, shortened production time, and smaller cast of characters. In the 2009 version, the theme of environmentalism that was present in the original is highlighted even more in the story of two children who are transported to a mythical place called “Beaverland.” They are forced to work endlessly by a cruel beaver chief while he sits back and reaps the benefits, which eventually leads them to revolt and establish a society where everything is shared equally.
In 2015, New Orleans' Cripple Creek Theatre Co. mounted a staged reading/performance of Revolt of the Beavers at Stein’s Market & Deli for two performances on March 28 and 29.
In 2017, the Jim Henson Foundation awarded Joseph Therrien a Workshop Grant to create a new adaptation that included scenes from Hallie Flanagan's testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee. The first showing was on April 29th, 2017 at The Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Ann's Church.
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