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Sounds of Silents (The Essanay Years)
Sounds of Silents (The Essanay Years)
By Paul Peditto.

Cast: with 2 actors doubling. Sounds of Silents is a celebration of the birth of movies and the early days of the famous Essanay silent film studio, whose illustrious celluloid stars included Wallace Beery, Gloria Swanson and Charlie Chaplin. Setting up Essanay Studios in Chicago, founders George K. Spoor and "Broncho Billy" Anderson at first have a difficult time finding actors willing to be seen in movies, considered "intellectually inferior" to vaudeville. However, film becomes a force. Essanay lures Charlie Chaplin away from Mack Sennett. Chaplin's slapstick, daring and innovation create a new character called The Tramp. His films are a huge success and Essanay attains new heights of popularity. But with success come problems, including jealousies from original Essanay actors left behind in the throes of "Chaplinitis." A rift forms between Spoor and Anderson which grows more serious when it is found out that Chaplin is looking to get out of his contract. The climactic finale finds Anderson, Spoor and Chaplin revealing brutal truths which break apart the world-famous Essanay Studios. Area staging. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes.

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Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  SH4
Cast Size:  11
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  106
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  135 min.
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 1583421432
Publication Date: 11/15/2002
Paul Peditto began writing in London in 1978. He traveled and lived throughout Europe and Jerusalem, settling in New York in 1983, where he worked as a horse and carriage driver, and vibrating pillow salesman. Later in Atlantic City he worked as a craps dealer, and then lived in Chicago from 1988 to the present, working at the Hollywood Casino-Aurora. ...More
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