O. Henry's wit and surprise are brightly displayed in this unexpected comedy about a man who is having an unusual problem with the law—he can't get himself arrested! Each year when winter starts, Lemuel T. Thwackbusher, a resident of New York's park benches, arranges a trip to his favorite winter resort, the local prison. But this year, no matter what he does, it just won't work! Lemuel commits his humorous misdemeanors and then pleads in the name of law and order that he should be locked up. It's no use. The play ends with the sort of surprise for which O. Henry is famous.
- Type of Show One-act Play
- Product Code C33000
- Cast Size 13
- Min. Royalty Rate $50/perf
- Cost $9.95
- Approx. Run Time 40 min
- Target Audience Middle School | High School | Family (all ages)
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre
- Genre Comedy
- ISBN(13) 9780871295132
- "The Cop and the Anthem is a delightful play that show cases a very strong male for the lead role that is committed to learning many lines. The lead role carries the play. "
- Review by Lorie Harkins, One Act Play, Paradise, Texas
- "This is a perfect show to spotlight the talents of a single male actor who can handle physical comedy. Easy to produce and stage."
- Review by Marnie Herzfeld, Conestoga High School, Berwyn, PA
- "A script that allows many actors to create clever and amusing characters. One strong actor can hold together this whole cast of stock characters in what might be considered a morality play."
- Review by Susan Kahn, Norwell High School, Ossian, Ind.
- "A challenging show that combines the poignant with the silly, the touching with the melodramatic."
- Review by John Henningsgaard, La Porte School, La Porte, Minn.
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "Make sure you have a very strong male for the lead. "
- Tip by Lorie Harkins, One Act Play, Paradise, Texas
- "We used simple scenery and props with a visible stage crew that made it possible to move the play along quickly."
- Tip by Allen Jerdee, Ames High School, Ames, Iowa