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The Big Game

Tennessee Williams

Short Play, Drama  /  2f, 6m

Part of the collection Mister Paradise and Other One Act Plays
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2f, 6m
  • Duration
    Duration
    30 minutes
  • Suggested Use
    Suggested Use
    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
Description

Tony, a vigorous young athlete, is about to be discharged from the men's ward. In contrast, the other two occupants are a terminally ill youth, Dave, and Walton, a middle-aged patient about to undergo surgery for a brain tumor. When Tony leaves, Walton introduces Dave to the concept of eternity by looking at the stars. Walton dies during the operation and the play ends with Dave, alone, contemplating the stars.

Part of the collection Mister Paradise and Other One Act Plays

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  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £39 per performance plus VAT when applicable.


    This title is currently restricted in London, please contact the Licensing Department for further details.

Specifics

Details

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: A small hospital ward
  • Additional Features: No intermission

Casting

2f, 6m
Cast Attributes
TONY ELSEON - a college football star, 20
DAVE - a charity case, 20
WALTON - a middle-aged patient, 49
JOE - a hospital orderly
MISS ALBERS - a young nurse
FUSSY - nicknamed for MISS STUART, the head nurse
DR. NORTH - a young staff doctor
DR. HYNES - Dave's physician

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Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) explores passion with daring honesty, and forged a poetic theatre of raw psychological insight that shattered conventional proprieties and transformed the American stage. The autobiographical The Glass Menagerie brought what Mr. Williams called “the catastrophe of success,” a success capp ...

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