A Ringing of Doorbells

A Ringing of Doorbells

A Ringing of Doorbells

A Ringing of Doorbells


A mother-daughter team of con artists are putting the touch on the widows of military brass. Mrs. McCullem, housekeeper for the wonderfully regal but now wheelchair-bound window of General Beattie, recognizes them in the drug store – having witnessed the two pull their game on her previous employer – and overhears them asking directions to the Beattie home! The play begins as she rushes back to warn Mrs. Beattie of the impending danger. Sure enough, the doorbell rings and the charlatans appear with quite a story. But instead of throwing them out or turning them over to the police, the widow Beattie allows the game to be played.

Published in Thornton Wilder One-Act Series: The Seven Deadly Sins, representing "Envy."


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  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes


  • Genre: Mystery/Thriller
  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Cast Attributes: All Women, Roles for Teens, Parts for Senior Actors
  • Target Audience: Adult


Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975), born in Madison, Wisconsin, and educated at Yale and Princeton, was an accomplished novelist and playwright whose works explore the connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of human experience. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, one ...

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