Kenneth Sawyer Goodman, Playwright

"The Wonder Hat" Clips

1. This clip introduces the characters Harlequin and Pierrot, with Jaime Dear's whimsical illustration of the two men in their classic costumes. .


2. Punchinello, a wizard, is selling his magical goods to make money; we see him both walking down the path, and in a close-up at the end of the clip.


3. Columbine has been wandering around the park in search of Harlequin, for which Margot chides her. Jaime Dear's illustration of the two women is superimposed on an undated production from Central High School in Aberdeen, South Dakata. 


4. Punchinello stumbles upon Columbine and Margot in the park. Columbine seeks out a charm for love in order to get Harlequin to love her. The illustrations reveal the whimsy in the play's conceit. 


5. Punchinello presents the magic slipper to Columbine as a charm for love. Note the wonderful expression on Margot's face! 


6. In this clip, Punchinello gives his sales pitch on the powers of the wonder hat: a charm against love as it will make the wearer invisible. Jaime Dear's illustration of Harlequin and Punchinello is superimposed over the same characters on undated production from Central High School in Aberdeen, South Dakata. 


7. Harlequin is unable to take off his hat, despite his efforts.


8. Margot asks the audience what Harlequin and Columbine should do in their situation.


9. Columbine and Harlequin express their love, leaving the play open-ended, and ending with a question about the ultimate value of theatrical work in an era turning ever more towards big-budget productions, and away from the Little Theater origins of plays like "The Wonder Hat."