Patrick Flynn


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By Patrick Flynn, based on the book by Margery Williams

Margery Williams’s classic toy story gets a vibrant retelling in this brand new adaptation. When the Child gets the Rabbit for Christmas, she is at first disappointed in her gift. But as the two quest and adventure through her storybooks, both Rabbit and Child grow and care for each other. And they discover that love is the greatest force in the Universe and can make impossible things Real.

Alex Reeves, Alex De Bard, and Mary Myers in ‘The Velveteen Rabbit.’ Photo by Sarah Straub, in Adventure Theatre's production.

Production Notes:

Character List

The Rabbit: velveteen The Child: young but getting older Nana: a cranky (but loving) Geordie Wind-Up Mouse: troublesome, Scouse Dinosaur: cheeky Cockney Model Boat: fancies himself something The Skin Horse: Real. Timothy, the Jointed Wooden Lion: should know better The Sheriff of Nottingham: a villain The Sheriff’s Men: his not-so-merry men The Jabberwocky: terrifying Shakespeare and Mozart: library busts Oxford Bunny and Cambridge Bunny: Oryctolagus cuniculus, AKA: “coney” rabbits, AKA: The Oxbridge Bunnies Doctor: a doctor. Actors not playing The Rabbit or The Child are referred to collectively as The Ensemble. Character pronouns can be changed by the producer to suit the performer.

Run Time: 1 hour

Setting: Inside and the grounds surrounding a Victorian country house. Time Interwar Britain (1918–1939)

The Velveteen Rabbit was commissioned and originally presented by Adventure Theatre MTC of Glen Echo, MD (Chil Kong, artistic director) in November, 2019.


Patrick Flynn is a playwright & filmmaker based in Washington, DC. Produced stage works include The Ferberizing of Coral (winner, Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival), The Velveteen Rabbit (Helen Hayes Award-nomination, “Outstanding Original Play or Musical Adaptation”), Tinker Bell (licensed by Dramatic Publishing), Giant Box of Pron (“Best of Fringe,” DC Metro Theatre Arts), Sheila and Moby (Helen Hayes Recommended), Where in North Dakota is Carmen Sandiego? (Awesome Con 2018). His podcast The Original Cast was named one of the “7 Standout Theatre Podcasts” by Playbill. Web series: I Live With This (Outstanding Series & Outstanding Writing, L.A. Webfest), Long Distance Relationship (Bronze Medal, TIVA-DC Peer Awards), Keith Powell Directs a Play (starring Keith Powell and Aubrey Plaza). He is a 10-year veteran of the 48 Hour Film Project and has received 8 best-of-city awards, 3 writing awards, and Best Film for his short For Whom the Whistle Blows. His book Visual Literacy: A Practical Text on the Analysis, History, and Creation of Visual Media is available from Kendall-Hunt. He is a professor at American University & Catholic University and a member of the Dramatists Guild.  [FULL BIO]