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The Killers
The Killers
Based on the story by Ernest Hemingway. Adapted by Bryan P. Harnetiaux.

Cast: 9m., 3w. (Flexible.) Perhaps Hemingway's most famous short story which he wrote almost entirely in dialogue form, the Killers goes to the essence of his lean, muscular style, helping establish him as a new force in literature and ultimately leading to his Nobel Prize. Perfectly capturing this essence in theatrical form, Harnetiaux's brilliant adaptation begins, as does the story, in the small town lunchroom where young Nick Adams visits with counterman George while Sam is cooking in the back. The arrival of what are in fact two professional killers hired to murder a has-been prize fighter, Ole Anderson, who regularly eats dinner here begins with casual small talk that takes on an edge. Then, as the shocked young man is caught up in it, the horror of what will happen begins to emerge. This is Hemingway's classic story of initiation, as Nick Adams discovers evil. Woven between the lines of this taut and deceptively simple drama is a study of how each of us must come to terms with reality. Two int. sets. Approximate Running Time: 20 minutes.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  One-Act
Catalog Code:  K21
Cast Size:  12
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  14
Royalty:  $35.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $7.95
Approx. Running Time:  20 min.
Target Audience: College and Adult
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama | Literary Classic
ISBN (10): 1583421319
Bryan Harnetiaux has been a playwright-in-residence at Spokane Civic Theatre in Spokane, Wash., since 1982. Thirteen of his plays have been published, and his short play The Lemonade Stand is also anthologized in More One Act Plays for Acting Students (Meriwether Publishing Ltd., 2003). These works include commissioned stage adaptations of Ernest Hemingway's The Snows of Kilimanjaro and The Killers ...More
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