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The Gentleman From Indiana
The Gentleman From Indiana
"This hopeful tale of small-town Hoosier life from the turn of the century … is an upbeat, old-fashioned tale of virtue beating out greed and graft and of the down-home integrity of small-town rural life." —WTHR-NBC, Indianapolis
By James Still. From the novel by Booth Tarkington.

Cast: 11m., 4w., 2 children. May be expanded. When John Harkless, a decent optimist and the new owner and editor of the local newspaper, arrives in Plattville, Indiana, in 1889, he discovers that the tiny, dying town has long been represented in Congress by a corrupt political machine. In spite of threats to his life, Harkless—who bears a resemblance to Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington—is determined to take on the bad guys and restore justice and pride to a community long in need of both. In the process he also discovers the true meaning of home in the unlikeliest of places. The Gentleman From Indiana is an ensemble play with a Thornton Wilder-like cast of eccentric characters who populate the town of fictional Plattville, including a brass band consisting of one lone tuba player. There is also a thoroughly modern young woman with a secret who not only gets the guy but saves his newspaper by becoming its editor in a most surprising way. Booth Tarkington's hugely successful novel was a celebration of compassion, decency, love, courage and integrity. More than a century later, James Still's fresh, vibrant, and lovingly crafted stage adaptation now makes it a compelling and relevant tale for contemporary theater audiences. Unit set. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  G82
Cast Size:  17
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  121
Royalty:  $80.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  150 min.
Target Audience: Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 158342542X
Publication Date: 10/29/2007
James Still's award-winning plays have been produced at theatres throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, China and Australia. He is the playwright-in-residence at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, artistic affiliate with American Blues in Chicago, a winner of the William Inge Festival's Otis Guernsey New Voices in American Theatre Award, the Medallion for Sustained Achievement from the Children's Theatre Foundation ...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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