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Two Cooks and a Lady

Two Cooks and a Lady
Your Price: $14.95 CDN
Author: Eugene Pillot
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 24
Pub. Date: 1946
ISBN-10: 0573625506
ISBN-13: 9780573625503

About the Play:

Two Crooks and a Lady is a one-act a melodrama by Eugene Pillot. Two crooks, using deceit and brutality, attempt to steal a valuable diamond necklace from a helpless, paralyzed lady, who fights back. One of the most popular one act plays, and one of the standbys of community theatres, schools, and colleges for many years. It is exceptionally clever and not at all difficult to act or produce.

Two Crooks and a Lady was first printed in 1917, but the clever, suspenseful plot keeps it a perennial favourite. Miller and the maid, Lucille, wait for the attendant, Miss Jones, of the wealthy invalid Mrs. Sims-Vane to step out of the house before demanding that she tell them where a valuable diamond necklace is hidden. They furtively search the room. When the maid refuses to let Miller torture Mrs. Sims, Mrs. Sims uses that weakness to undermine their plot. With subtle deftness she begins to build on their mutual distrust of each other, until the two thieves become the undoing of the other.

Two Crooks and a Lady was first produced at Harvard and has been called a model of construction. It remains a popular choice for community theatre productions and is an ideal choice for high school drama contests and one-act festivals.

Cast: 3 women, 3 men

About the Playwright:

Joseph Eugene Pillot (1886-1966) was a noted American playwright and song composer. He attended the University of Texas and Cornell University with the intention of studying law, but gave up that pursuit to enroll in the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts. He worked for a while as an interior decorator in New York, then entered the workshop course in play-writing at Harvard. He became a successful writer of one-act plays, many of which were widely produced on stage, radio, and television. His best-known play, Two Crooks and a Lady has been produced many times.