Aesop’s Guide to Friendship
by Dawn McAndrews I Directed by Ian Kramer
sponsored by Austin Associates

Aesop’s delightful fables full of wit and wisdom let the animals do the talking; dispensing lessons on perseverance, kindness, and friendship along the way. Aesop’s Guide to Friendship explores age-old stereotypes and mannerisms in his fables such as “tortoise are slow,” “hares are quick,” “foxes are clever” to help young and old alike appreciate our similarities and differences.


Saturday, June 19, 1:00 p.m. (Opening)
Saturday, June 26, 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 3, 1:00 p.m. (Outside Cumston Hall)
Saturday, July 10, 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 24, 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 3, 1:00 p.m. (Outside Cumston Hall)
Saturday, August 7, 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 10, 1:00 p.m.
Friday, August 13, 1:00 p.m.
Production Team

Ian Kramer

Steph Bottum
Lighting Designer

Julia Jennings
Stage Manager

Emma Kielty
Props Master

Stacey Koloski
Set Designer

Simon Marland
Sound Designer

Elizabeth Rocha
Costume Designer



Sarah Goldman
Team Trickster

Michael Rosas
Team Predator

Reece Santos
Team Peacemaker

Tori Thompson
Team Prey

From the Director

No author of Greek antiquity has been more read, translated, adapted, embellished, printed, or illustrated than Aesop. Originally told and spread orally, it took about three centuries before they were actually Many of us grew up listening to stories about The Hare and the Tortoise and The Lion and the Mouse in some form or another. While different versions of the same fables exist, the lessons that each hold remain: “Slow and steady wins the race;” No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

Over the course of time, these stories have been shared by many cultures in different languages all over the world. They are universal stories. And that is a beauty of storytelling: you can tell or perform the same stories countless different ways, but their main values are always present. I think Aesop was a man ahead of his time. He knew that personifying animals was one of the best ways to reach his fellow human, to remind us we are all not so different. And perhaps that’s why we still tell these fables: to teach and learn what it means to be human.

So welcome to Camp Aesop, where these fables have become the main attraction! Each year the campers gather to learn the magic of teamwork and imagination. And through it all, they might just end up with some friendships that will last a lifetime.