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A Field of Glory – American civil war drama

American civil war drama

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.

Other plays (The Ten Minute Hamlet – large cast comedy) by Sharon.

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.

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Copyright © April 2017 Sharon Talbot and Off The Wall Play Publishers

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The Window – a one act about marriage

comedy play about marriage
THE WINDOW – A one act about marriage

In this one act about marriage, Howie and Sheila have been happily married for about two years and are the typical young upper middle class couple, who go to the gym, eat right and know what they want from life. What Howie wants is to to go the theater, but what Sheila wants, is to knock a big hole into the wall where a painting of Howie’s is, so that she can have a window there instead.

This turns into a domestic spat, which isn’t helped by the arrival of Sheila’s hick cousin, Geri (Jerry), a know it all relation who has come to stay with them.

Leonard has written about a dozen full length plays and somewhat more one act plays. Some have won prizes: full length plays “Laramie, Equal Rights” and “Clara” won awards at the Shoreline Readers Theater, 2009 and 2010, in Washington State. “Road Rage” and “Apartment 4G” won in the 2010-2011 “Ink to Boards” One-Act Play Competition at Wildfire Arts. Several plays have been produced locally in the Seattle, Washington and in New York are others have been read at writers’ workshops, and some at festivals.

The author will allow workshopping of the play, subject to the right of refusal and he must be notified through us of any suggested modifications two weeks in advance.

Author: Leonard Goodisman

Type: One act  play, one act about marriage

Genre: Comedy, drama-comedy

Length: Fifty to sixty minutes

Ages of actors: Two in late 20’s, one any age

Number of actors: Three, 3. Either 2M 1F or 2F 1M

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – it’s a character driven dry comedic piece

Set: Simple – an upmarket lounge or sitting room. The painting can be real or imagined.

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Cost is $5 for this play by award winning writer Leonard Goodisman

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Like this one act about marriage?  Fancy something different? Check out these plays that focus on relationships.

Arcanum – a one act comedy about friends and love
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Aldous remembers – a sweet romantic drama play
Taylor – a four act play about the loss of a spouse

Copyright July 2013 Leonard Goodisman and Off The Wall Play Publishers