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"a smart, absurd little buddy story"

When Lt. Riley discovers that his bunk-mate is a penguin, he decides to capitalize on his new friend's celebrity status to further his own career. This absurd comedy explores questions of selfishness, friendship, and understanding between species.


2 men, 1 woman, 2 puppeteers/extras.


70 minutes


A top graduate of the military's intelligence program gets to advanced training and finds his roommate is a penguin. Thus begins a smart, absurd little buddy story that charms the pants off us... Squawk hit serious subjects -- jealousy and prejudice -- with such a light and disarming touch that no one walked away with the feeling they had been preached at. The concept (a penguin in boot camp) was absurd, but the playing was dead straight. It was a delight.
- Graydon Royce, Minneapolis Star Tribune


Walking Shadow Theatre Company (Saint Paul MN, 2009)


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If you're considering this script for potential production, please email the playwright: john@johnheimbuch.com

Heimbuch's script is a great intellectual feat, tossing several balls immediately into the air and keeping them there for the play's duration, dispensing tidbits of information at a heady, entrancing pace that may have you on the edge of your seat. - Jay Gabler,
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