Oscar Mandel

The Kukkurrik Fables

Kukkurrik Fables

Prospect Park Books
www.prospectparkbooks.com
(Go to “Books”/”Theatre”)
Original publication: Spectrum Productions/Books, 1987
Second edition, revised and augmented, 2004
ISBN 0-914502-13-1
93 pages
Soft cover: $6.00

larger view of cover image

 


 

Oscar Mandel’s original fables appear in two “dimensions”: as prose narratives under the title Gobble-Up Stories, and as the mini-dramas called The Kukkurrik Fables. There are, however, interesting and substantial differences between these two versions other than the difference in literary genre. Kukkurrik is the cock-a-doodle-do character in one of the fables — in both versions.

 

Reinventions back cover


THREE REVOLTING ANIMALS

Characters

Narrator
The Rat
The Skunk
The Porcupine
The Jackal
The Lion


NARRATOR. A rat, a skunk, and a porcupine were bemoaning their evil destiny.
SKUNK. I have lost my appetite for life…
NARRATOR. Said the skunk.
SKUNK. I am hated and shunned. My name is used for petty ridicule. Fame, honor and affection are forever denied me. Why, last week, when I waved a friendly tail at a little impertinent monkey, he put out his tongue and flung me an obscene grimace.
NARRATOR. The porcupine joined in.
PORCUPINE. And I? Though I lack your beauty, master skunk, I am an honest family man, a decent provider, in my ribcage beats a simple heart. And yet for every quill on my body the world has stung me with a barb of derision. Yesterday I gave a kindly greeting to a gazelle, who tittered in reply, ‘A genteel porcupine! I’ve seen everything now!’ and ran laughing into the woods.
RAT. Gentlemen…
NARRATOR. Said the rat in his turn…
RAT. They may laugh at you or avoid you, but they do not loathe you as they loathe me, the rat, whom they call plague, vicious killer, lover of sewage. My intellect and my agility only excite their horror. Last month I nodded at a rabbit—
SKUNK (sarcastically). Everybody loves a bunny!
RAT. I nodded at a rabbit, and he screamed ‘A rat! A disgusting rat!’ as only a rabbit can scream when he sets his mind to it.
NARRATOR. Putting their heads together, the three unhappy creatures decided to complain to the lion, who was king of the animals. They arrived at court as the monarch was dining, and were greeted by a jackal, who was the king’s majordomo.
JACKAL. You may watch his majesty at his repast, and present your petition after dessert. You are not among his favorites, but his majesty gives a hearing to even the lowest.
NARRATOR. The lion was sitting at table with an enormous bib under his beard.
LION (roaring). What’s after soup, stoopid?
NARRATOR. The majordomo lifted several silver covers.
JACKAL. Your majesty, here is a homely but excellent rabbit stew, a superb émincé de gazelle, and singe en brochette, the chef’s specialty.
LION. Singe en brochette?What’s that?
JACKAL. Monkey on a spit.
LION. Hand it over!
NARRATOR. After the lion had finished eating, and as he was wiping the grease off his whiskers, the jackal told him…
JACKAL. Your majesty, here are three of your citizens, the skunk, the porcupine and the rat, who say they wish to file a claim.
LION. A claim? What kind of a claim? Step forward, don’t dawdle, speak up and have done.
NARRATOR. The three animals had watched the lion’s dinner with wide open eyes and mouths. The rat, who was indeed no fool, cried out…
RAT. A misunderstanding, your highness! Not a claim, your majesty, but acclaim, oh king, enthusiastic acclaim!
NARRATOR. And he led his friends in a round of applause for the king. This done, they bowed to the ground and left the supreme presence as hastily as their legs would move.
LION. Revolting beggars. I was glad to see them go before the cognac.
NARRATOR. Our three citizens ran and ran until they arrived in a far-away field.
PORCUPINE. Oh God, I feel faint when I think of that sweet gazelle, that droll monkey, and that cuddlesome bunny.
SKUNK (whispering). Turned into main courses.
RAT. Yes, but turned into main courses, my friends, because they were not repulsive enough.
NARRATOR. And from that time, not one of them ever complained of his fate again.

 
   
 
 
lululemon black friday kate spade black friday lululemon black friday hollister black friday hollister cyber monday coach black Friday burberry cyber monday Oakley black friday Dior cyber monday Prada black friday michael kors cyber monday michael kors black Friday north face cyber Monday uggs black Friday coach black Friday coach black Friday north face black friday coach black Friday north face black friday uggs black Friday michael kors black friday michael kors black Friday north face black friday beats by dre cyber Monday michael kors black Friday michael kors black friday michael kors cyber monday kate spade cyber monday michael kors black friday beats by dre cyber Monday north face black friday michael kors cyber Monday Babyliss black Friday lululemon cyber monday beats by dre cyber Monday beats by dre cyber Monday north face black friday north face cyber monday north face black friday kate spade cyber monday uggs cyber monday uggs cyber monday beats by dre cyber Monday michael kors cyber Monday burberry cyber Monday canada goose cyber monday north face black friday canada goose cyber monday the north face cyber monday michael kors cyber Monday uggs black friday uggs cyber monday beats by dre cyber Monday north face cyber monday michael kors black friday Tiffany black Friday Babyliss cyber Monday coach cyber monday north face cyber monday uggs cyber monday uggs cyber monday coach cyber monday Abercrombie And Fitch cyber monday coach black Friday bred 13s michael kors cyber monday louis vuitton outlet kate spade black friday jordan 6 black infrared black infrared 6s uggs cyber monday true religion black friday Polo Ralph Lauren black friday uggs cyber monday uggs cyber monday hollister cyber monday kate spade black friday gucci cyber monday beats by dre black Friday uggs cyber monday jordan 6 black infrared michael kors black Friday Abercrombie And Fitch cyber monday beats by dre cyber Monday north face black Friday grey toe 13s lululemon cyber monday coach outlet online uggs black Friday kate spade black friday gucci cyber monday hollister black friday true religion black friday beats by dre black Friday kate spade black friday gucci black friday uggs cyber monday hollister cyber monday nike black friday michael kors cyber monday uggs cyber Monday uggs black friday true religion black friday kate spade black friday grey toe 13s jordan 13 bred grey toe 13s north face black Friday kate spade black friday jordan 6 black infrared jordan 11 legend blue beats by dre cyber monday uggs cyber monday victoria secret cyber monday north face black friday legend blue 11s uggs cyber monday canada goose black friday kate spade black friday north face black friday bred 13s beats by dre black Friday hollister black friday uggs black Friday jordan 6 black infrared black infrared 6s jordan 13 grey toe michael kors cyber monday beats by dre black Friday hollister black friday uggs cyber monday uggs cyber monday michael kors cyber monday uggs cyber monday gucci black friday hollister black friday beats by dre cyber monday north face cyber monday kate spade black friday nike black friday kate spade cyber monday black infrared 6s coach outlet online coach cyber monday Abercrombie And Fitch cyber monday coach black Friday bred 13s uggs cyber Monday louis vuitton outlet coach cyber Monday canada goose cyber monday uggs black friday true religion black friday Polo Ralph Lauren black friday uggs cyber monday uggs cyber monday hollister cyber monday kate spade black friday gucci cyber monday beats by dre black Friday bred 13s jordan 6 black infrared north face cyber Monday jordan 13 grey toe coach outlet online jordan 6 black infrared louis vuitton outlet michael kors black Friday beats by dre cyber Monday Abercrombie And Fitch black friday north face cyber monday gucci cyber monday north face black Friday beats by dre black Friday jordan black friday Polo Ralph Lauren black friday lululemon cyber monday true religion black friday jordan 11 legend blue jordan 11 legend blue uggs cyber Monday jordan 11 legend blue black infrared 6s kate spade cyber monday black infrared 6s jordan 6 black infrared kate spade black friday north face black Friday black infrared 6s grey toe 13s north face black Friday true religion cyber monday true religion cyber monday michael kors cyber monday grey toe 13s legend blue 11s michael kors cyber monday north face black Friday Polo Ralph Lauren black friday uggs cyber monday jordan 11 legend blue kate spade black friday bred 13s beats by dre cyber Monday hollister black friday uggs black friday uggs black Friday michael kors black Friday grey toe 13s coach cyber Monday north face black Friday uggs cyber monday legend blue 11s lululemon black friday lululemon cyber monday true religion cyber monday victoria secret cyber monday nike cyber monday true religion black friday jordan 11 legend blue black infrared 6s canada goose cyber monday louis vuitton outlet jordan 13 grey toe michael kors black Friday lululemon black friday michael kors black Friday kate spade black friday lululemon black friday jordan 6 black infrared jordan 13 grey toe lululemon cyber monday north face black Friday north face cyber monday hollister cyber monday nike cyber monday legend blue 11s michael kors cyber monday true religion black friday hollister cyber monday lululemon black Friday north face black Friday michael kors black Friday kate spade cyber monday beats by dre cyber Monday uggs cyber Monday jordan 13 grey toe jordan 6 black infrared beats by dre cyber Monday canada goose black friday gucci cyber monday legend blue 11s uggs cyber monday Polo Ralph Lauren black friday lululemon cyber monday north face black friday nike cyber monday hollister black friday north face black friday Polo Ralph Lauren black friday lululemon cyber monday canada goose black friday canada goose black friday beats by dre cheap lululemon cyber Monday coach outlet online coach outlet online legend blue 11s bred 13s uggs black friday uggs cyber monday michael kors black friday hollister cyber monday lululemon cyber monday north face black Friday canada goose cyber monday victoria secret cyber monday grey toe 13s uggs cyber monday beats by dre cyber monday north face outlet grey toe 13s canada goose black friday jordan 11 legend blue jordan 11 legend blue jordan 13 grey toe beats by dre cyber Monday kate spade black friday north face black Friday uggs black Friday lululemon black friday north face black friday hollister cyber monday jordan black friday bred 13s uggs cyber monday beats by dre cyber monday canada goose black friday hollister cyber monday Polo Ralph Lauren black friday