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Quiet Summer

Quiet Summer
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Marrijane Hayes & Joseph Hayes
Publisher: Samuel French (cover image may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 100
Pub. Date: 1947
ISBN-10: 0573614547
ISBN-13: 9780573614545
Cast Size: 10 female, 8 male

About the Play:

Quiet Summer is a full-length comedy by Marrijane Hayes and Joseph Hayes. James Clark plans to spend a peaceful summer concentrating on getting elected president of his country club, a first step toward becoming District Attorney in the fall. His plans go astray when his teenage nephew and niece arrive for the summer. Chaos inevitably ensues, and the campaign, James's love life, and his dream of being District Attorney are in jeopardy.

Quiet Summer tells the story of James Clark, an attorney who is determined to win the election for president of his country club. He is certain this will help him grasp his dream of being elected District Attorney in the fall. Mr. Clark's quiet, relaxed summer is cast aside with the arrival of his teenage niece and nephew, Pamela and Sonny Young. The kids do their best to help James win the country club election against Mr. Henry Morgan, a major businessman in town. They even enlist the help of the 112 girls at the summer camp down the road. He wins his election with inventive help from the kids, but they also all but wreck James' romance and turn the house upside down.

Quiet Summer is recommended for school use.

Cast: 10 female, 8 male

About the Playwright:

Marrijane Hayes (1920-1991) often collaborated with her husband, Joseph Hayes, on a number of screenplays and scripts.

Joseph Hayes (1918-2006) was a well-known American author, playwright and screenwriter specializing in crime fiction. His best known work, The Desperate Hours was first a suspense novel about a suburban family taken hostage at home by three escaped convicts; then a successful Broadway play (taking the 1955 Tony for Best Play) starring a young Paul Newman; and then a movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Fredric March. Hayes had a long career on Broadway and in the movies; he often collaborated with his wife, Marrijane Hayes, on a number of screenplays and scripts.

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