April 21, 2011
The play follows Johnny “Rooster” Byron, an eccentric rebel who lives illegally in a rundown trailer deep in the woods. On the day of a local fair, an eviction notice has been delivered to his door. Byron decides to ignore the notice and spends the remaining day doing his usual drunken antics with a group of teenagers who often visit him to escape their home lives. Trouble ensues when one teen’s father comes looking for his daughter after she has disappeared.
The playwright was inspired by the ancient myths and English folklore, especially "George and the Dragon."
The play debuted at London’s Royal Court Theatre in July 2009 before transferring to the West End’s Apollo Theatre in January 2010.
Sonia Friedman Productions, Ltd., Scott Rudin, Stuart Thompson, Roger Berlind, Royal Court Theatre, Beverly Bartner and Alice Tulchin, Dede Harris, Rupert Gavin for Incidental Colman, Broadway Across America, Jon B. Platt, Stephanie P. McClelland, Carole L. Haber, Richard Willis, Jacki Barlia Florin, Adam Blanshay
—Broadway.com Audience Award nomination for Favorite Play
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Production of a Play
—New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Foreign Play
The playwright has stated that he is drawn to myths and stories about the slaying of dragons because they represent “everything that we perceive as dangerous but also everything that we perceive as exciting.” He set the play in Wiltshire, which contains many ancient ruins, including the nearby Stonehenge.