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Quiet Please

Quiet Please
Your Price: $14.95 CDN
Author: Howard Buermann
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
Pub. Date: 1946
ISBN-10: 0822209276
ISBN-13: 9780822209270
Cast Size: 4 female, 3 male

About the Play:

Quiet Please is a one-act comedy by Howard Buermann. The major characters are two brothers who share a small cabin but haven't spoken to each other in more than 10 years. Their lives are turned upside down when they receive a visit from a mysterious woman, who forces them to interact with each other. Especially recommended for school and contest use.

Quiet Please tells the story of Jeff and Judd, two brothers, separated by a chalk line down the middle of their cabin. They carry on a long feud of silence despite attempts to reconcile them. Their feud strikes a snag when they find themselves with an uninvited overnight guest on their hands in the form of Catherine, an endearing young woman whose car has broken down near their farm. The situation becomes hilarious as the brothers attempt to maintain hospitality and personal hostilities. The feud collapses and Catherine departs. Pleased with their reconciliation, the brothers prepare to celebrate but fall into a wrangle trying to recall what the original quarrel was about!

Quiet Please is regularly performed in middle school and high school drama contests and one-act festivals.

Cast: 4 female, 3 male

About the Playwright:

Howard Buermann (1908-2007) did a variety of freelance writing, including radio serials and several one-act plays. In 1936, one of these plays brought him a second-place award in a contest where first prize went to Tennessee Williams. His first sale of a play, Quiet Please, dates to 1937.