The Restaurants are Screaming – period drama

period drama


In this period drama set at the end of the second world war, Ludwig has been living with his daughter, Marcia and his son in law, Joe for the past three months. The play focuses on an abusive father, who now he is old, struggles to understand the consequences of his actions as well as the effect he has on other people. The play draws parallels between his two adult children freeing themselves from their abusive father, the death of the old way of life and the rebirth of the new way of life as the allies win the war in 1945.

Under the title “Draw Me a Picture”, this play was the subject of an National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in 1977.

Author: James B. Campbell

Genre: Period drama

Type: One act play

Cast: 4M 1F

Ages of the actors: 1 elderly, two middle aged, two adult M any age

Suitable for: All ages

Length: Twenty to twenty five minutes

Set: An industrial suburb of a large industrial city. The time is “V-J Day”, 1945, early evening. The kitchen of JOE and MARCIA’s apartment. There is a bedroom door, UR and a bathroom door UL. A door to the front part of the apartment and the outside is DL. There is a window, R. Besides the usual kitchen furnishings of the time, there is a stand-up radio console, a table and two chairs.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – the play reads as a straight play, but there is a lot of hidden meaning which should be conveyed to the audience

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Cost is $10 for this digital play which was the subject of a National Endowment Fellowship

Contact Off The Wall Plays with any questions about The Restaurants are screaming

Copyright © 1977 2014 James B. Campbell

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