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Thornton Wilder's Playlets: Short, Short Plays for 3-5 Persons

Thornton Wilder's Playlets: Short, Short Plays for 3-5 Persons
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Thornton Wilder
Publisher: Samuel French (cover image may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 154
Pub. Date: 2022
ISBN-10: 0573709742
ISBN-13: 9780573709746

About the Play:

Thornton Wilder's Playlets is a collection of 22 very short plays by Thornton Wilder. Most of the plays run about four minutes in length, and can be presented with three actors. The entire collection can be presented with a cast ranging from six to 32 actors.

These snapshots of the creative spirit at play explore a variety of complex characters that range from the ordinary to the biblical, the haunted to the mystical. From the tale of a conflicted composer with a strangely familiar tune stuck in his head (The Song of Maria Bentedos) to a pair of newlyweds who find themselves bizarrely affected by the color of their hotel's tea room (Flamingo Red: A Comedy in Danger), all these tales – many told with great wit and humour – ask the thought-provoking questions of mortality, morality and faith that Thornton Wilder is famous for asking.

Thornton Wilder's Playlets: Short, Short Plays for 3-5 Persons contains twenty-two 3-5 minute plays written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright between 1917 and 1928; The Acolyte, The Christmas Interludes I, and The Song of Maria Bentedos are published for the very first time in this acting edition. The collection includes:

1. The Acolyte (1917)
2. And the Sea Shall Give Up Its Dead (1923)
3. The Angel on the Ship (1917)
4. The Angel that Troubled the Waters (1928)
5. Brother Fire (1916)
6. Centaurs (1920)
7. Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came (1919)
8. The Christmas Interludes I (1916)
9. The Christmas Interludes II (1916)
10. Fanny Otcott (1918)
11. Flamingo Red (1916)
12. The Flight into Egypt (1928)
13. Hast Thou Considered My Servant Job? (1928)
14. Leviathan (1919)
15. The Marriage We Deplore (1917)
16. The Message and the Jehanne (1917)
17. Mozart and the Grey Steward (1928)
18. Nascuntur Poetae (1918)
19. Now the Servant’s Name Was Malchus (1928)
20. The Penny that Beauty Spent (1918)
21. Proserpina and the Devil (1916)
22. The Song of Maria Bentedos (1918)

About the Playwright:

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975) was an acclaimed American novelist and playwright whose works, exploring the connection between the commonplace and cosmic dimensions of human experience, continue to be read and produced around the world. He also enjoyed enormous success with many other forms of the written and spoken word, among them teaching, acting, the opera, and cinema. A three time Pulitzer Prize winner and the only winner for both fiction and drama, his many honours include the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the National Book Committee's Medal for Literature.

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