Mary O'Leary & the Leprechauns of Ballybun Village
by Tim Ryan
Cast of Characters
The Narrator of the story. She has a special link
with one of the main characters in the story. An Irish accent required.
Oldest of the OLeary children. She has
raised her brothers & sister by herself while her father was away in America building
a better life for his family. It is up to her to save not only her family, but the
villagers of Ballybunn Village from the tricky ways of Leviticus and his band of
3rd oldest of the OLeary children. Likes
nice things that her family cannot afford. Very materialistic and naďve.
2nd oldest of the OLeary children.
Always tries to woo the girls in the Village to no avail, until he makes a fateful wish
with Leviticus. Strong headed, he is one of the funniest characters in the show.
The youngest of the OLeary children. He
is shorter than most leprechauns & is always teased about his size.
A village girl. She does NOT want Tommy for a
An elderly mailman. He is
very slow. A funny role
for the right person.
The smallest human girl in the Village. Funny part
for a small girl.
The overbearing wife of Mayor McDougal. Never has a
pleasant word to say.
The Mayor of Ballybunn Village. He can be pompous
& long-windedlike all politicians.
The Village butcher. Very protective of his
The wife of Joseph, the butcher. Very motherly
towards Mary. Always helping when she can.
The daughter of Joseph & Mrs.
OMalley. Does NOT want Tommy for a boyfriend.
King of all the Leprechauns in Ireland. Over 3,000
years old, he is very sly & tricky.
PATCH & SCRATCH:
Leviticus sidekick leprechauns. Always
ready with one-liners.
Each actor/actress should be encouraged to choose
their own characters Irish leprechaun name.
Each actor/actress should be encouraged to choose
their own characters Irish name. Playwright also encourages director to group some
villagers into families.
The figure of death who comes to take one of the
OLearys to heaven or the other place. An eerie presence.
The story takes place many years ago in the small fictional town of
Ballybunn Village in County Tipperary, Ireland. The story centers on Mary OLeary and
her two brothers Tommy (who likes girls more than girls like him) & Seamus (who is
teased all the time because he is short) as well as her sister Peggy (who likes nice
things but doesnt realize they cost money). Mary is the oldest OLeary child
who has been taking care of her siblings since her mother passed away a couple of years
earlier. The OLeary childrens father Thaddeus OLeary has been away in
American trying to save enough money to send for his children so they can live a better
life. Despite warnings of the dangers of leprechauns from the other villagers, the
OLeary children go in search of lost sheep in the ruins of McLunser Castle. Legend
has it that McLunser Castle is the home to Leviticus, King of all the Leprechauns and his
loyal Leprechaun subjects. None of the OLeary children believe in Leprechauns until
they see Leviticus and his band of Leprechauns in the flesh. Tommy captures Leviticus.
Tommy, Peggy and Seamus make wishes with the leprechaun. Mary refuses to make a wish
because she knows all to well the stories of how Leprechauns like to trick humans for
their own merriment.
After Tommy, Peggy and Seamus make their respective
wishes they return to the village. Tommy wishes for all the single girls in
village to love him. Peggy wishes for everyone in Ballybunn village to possess all the
valuables in the world such as gems, precious metals and of course money. Seamus wishes he
were a foot taller. At first it is clear that their wishes have been granted. Then slowly
things begins to take a turn for the worse and all of Ballybunn Village is turned upside
down in comedic turmoil as things become unraveled because of the OLearys
wishes. Tragically one of the Seamus becomes gravely ill as the family attempts to prevent
the Dullahan (The mythical Irish angel of death) arrive to take Seamus to heaven. Only Mary OLeary can save her family as well as the rest of the Ballybunn Villagers from the twisted sense of humor of Leviticus King of All the
“Ryan’s story spins around the characters of a
fictitious Irish Village and the pleasant folk that live there.” - Portland
Press Herald, March, 2001
“Educational on many levels… a great memory to all the young people
participating.” - Portland Press Herald, March, 2001
“Playwright Tim Ryan has a flair for words. His language is crisp and
somewhat cynical.” - Joseph P. Mauro, Journal Tribune, 5/01
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Tim Ryan made his playwriting and directorial debut in the
winter of 1998 at Windham Center Stage Theater with
Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty?
The popular and financial success of the production led to subsequent
productions of the play being performed by several community theaters and schools
throughout Northern New England. Many of the productions have broken box office and
attendance records. Mary O'Leary & The Leprechauns of Ballybunn Village was Tim's second original play to be produced. The play made it's
premiere at Windham Center Stage Theater in March 2001 to public and critical acclaim.
While honeymooning in Ireland, Tim was inspired to write the script, by the humor and
charm of the locals, the beautiful scenery as well as the many legends, which the country
is famous for. Sanford Maine Stage Theater also produced the play again with much acclaim
in the summer of 2002. Tim is also a professional actor. In the short time since his
first audition, he has accumulated many production credits as an actor, producer, director
and playwright. He has appeared in wide range of local stage character roles and
commercials in Maine. Nationally, Tim made his motion picture debut playing the feature
comedic part of Brian (aka Buster) the drunken busboy in the HBOfilms production
of Empire Falls. The film is based upon the Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the
same name. Tim shares many scenes with such world acclaimed stars Ed Harris, Helen Hunt,
Paul Newman, Joanna Woodward and Aidan Quinn just to name a few. Since 2002 Tim has
directed Freeport High School's One Act Drama competition pieces. In this capacity Tim
became one of the only few people in the world to have directed a officially sanctioned
stage version of Monty Python's Quest for the Holy Grail, a play adapted by the
Freeport High School students based on the hit movie. Word quickly spread of the
shows both critical & commercial success. As they prepared for their shows
national debut, the production team behind the Broadway version of the movie titled
Spamalot (which included Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols & Monty
Pythons Eric Idle) requested all materials related to the Freeport High production.
They wanted to see how such classic scenes such as The Black Knight, Trojan Rabbit and
Killer Rabbit scenes were achieved on a $500 budget. Tim has also written and directed
comedic instructional videos for IT companies.