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The Sting
The Sting
Adapted by David Rogers from the screenplay by David Ward.

Cast: large, flexible. The excitement, maneuvers and comedy of the Paul Newman/Robert Redford screen triumph have been brilliantly adapted for stage production by one of the finest professional playwrights writing today. This show takes place in Chicago many years ago in a world of small-time hustlers and their girls—their money nonexistent but their ingenuity abundant. Johnny Hooker (a small-time grifter played by Redford in the film) joins a friend in a successful con of a "runner." Unfortunately for them, the runner works for a powerful, vindictive rackets boss, Doyle Lonnegan, who is infuriated and arranges the killing of Johnny's friend. Hoping to avenge this senseless murder, Johnny enlists the aid of the master con man Henry Gondorf (originally played by Newman). Together they decide to try the big con called "The Wire." Structured in classic style, their first move is "The Set Up." From there they proceed to "The Tale." The tension mounts as they succeed and, with the powerful Lonnegan half-hooked, go on to "The Shut Out." The excitement becomes explosive and a final scene, with switch upon switch upon switch, has your audience guessing and gasping as it builds to the final con movement, "The Sting!" This is a wonderfully theatrical and yet authentic exploration of a very special world. Area staging. Designed for a fast pace, the set and the props are minimal.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  S69
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  105
Royalty:  $100.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $10.95
Approx. Running Time:  140 min.
Categories
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy
ISBN (10): 0871292807
Biographies
David Rogers, Broadway playwright who has written for television, opera and night clubs as well as authored five novels and many short stories, died June 5, 2013, in Westport, Conn. He was 85 years old. Of his six Broadway shows, he was best known for his 1981 Tony- nominated musical Charlie and Algernon, for which he wrote the book and ...More
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.


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