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The Summer People
The Summer People
Adapted by Brainerd Duffield. Based on the story by Shirley Jackson.

Cast: 4m., 3w. Like The Lottery, this macabre tale makes use of the rural New England setting and the cryptic, taciturn inhabitants of that area. Its two principal characters are kindly city people who have been visiting their same cottage by an isolated lake for several decades. They have always been treated with respect and affection by the tradesmen and local residents—until this particular year. On an impulse, they decide to break a longstanding taboo. Instead of closing their summer place and going back to the city on Labor Day as all "outsiders" invariably do, they decide to linger into autumn. The action of the natives is one of unspoken shock and silent hostility. One by one, the villagers isolate the couple. Even the telephone service is abruptly cut off. The falling of the curtain is as chilling and as sinister as any in the literature of the one-act play. Bare stage. Approximate Running Time: 40 minutes.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  One-Act
Catalog Code:  S56
Cast Size:  7
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  25
Royalty:  $40.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $7.95
Approx. Running Time:  40 min.
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama | Mystery
ISBN (10): 0871293625
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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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