A FIELD OF GLORY – AMERICAN CIVIL WAR DRAMA
This American Civil War drama concerns a Mississippi mother, Rosalia talking with her son, John a Confederate soldier, who unexpectedly returns from the front to see her. He comes burning with questions and a desire to unburden himself about the meaning and the brutality of war as well as unanswered questions about his life before he left. The play follows a long conversation between the two of them. Rosalia owns her own estate with its slaves and John tries to convince her to improve their lives and to give them an education. She loves her son, and she agrees to do what he asks of her for them.
About a third of the way through the play the reader/audience knows (or thinks they know) how it will end but the playwright cleverly diverts the dialogue into a discussion of the morality and economics of slavery and the politics and cost of the war. This is so well done that the denouement is a shock.
This beautifully written play runs for 75 minutes with no interval and with only 2 actors so it will challenge the best players.
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Author: Sharon Talbot
Genre: American Civil War Drama
Type: Full length one act play
Length: 75 minutes
Cast: 1M 1F
Ages of the actors: M – 18, F in her forties
Suitable for: Anyone teenage up can perform, but the play is a heavy drama aimed at older teens and adults. Great monologues throughout will provide excellent audition pieces.
Set: A plantation flower garden at the bottom of a small grassy hill, Palmetto Place, Mississippi. The last three steps of an outdoor stairway can barely be seen upstage left behind the foliage. Flowers grow in abundance on either side of a flagstone path which divides the space. Downstage right, a flattened patch of dead rose bushes and weeds. Upstage right, a decorative garden bench. Upstage left, a decorative garden chair. Upstage center, a table that holds pots, etc. Flowers everywhere. Throughout the play, breezes blow, birds sing, insects buzz.
Level of difficulty: 8/10 – a challenging piece for two skilled actors to hold the audience’s attention.
Cost is $5.50 for this digital script
Copyright © April 2017 Sharon Talbot and Off The Wall Play Publishers
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