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The Stick Wife

The Stick Wife

By Darrah Cloud.

Product Code: SB1000

  • Full-length Play
  • Drama
  • Cast size: 3m., 3w.

Rights and availability
This title can be licensed and sold throughout Canada, the United States.

* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

$8.95 /script

Min. Royalty Rate: $80/perf

In stock

Synopsis

"A fascinating, exciting play... At the center of The Stick Wife is a fragile, dreamy housewife Jessie Bliss. Shortly after the play begins, something terrible happens near the blanched, ordinary little tract of clapboard houses where Jessie lives with her uncaring, much-absent husband Ed. The year is 1963, the place is Birmingham, Alabama, and the cataclysmic event is the September bombing of a black church that killed four little girls. Ed, Tom and Big Albert are members of a 'club,' the Ku Klux Klan, and Jessie intuitively knows that they are implicated in the bombing. She does not want to know anything about it, nor are the other wives, Marguerite and Betty, overly curious about the club's business. But Jessie sees Ed's guilt, and the world collapses around her." (Hartford Courant) The men are failures in life—poor, ignorant and weak. Their only power is in controlling those they see as weaker. To them, this means blacks and their wives. The wives, who "have nowhere else to go," have been compliant, but with the bombing, Jessie can no longer deny who Ed is or what he does. Secretly, she informs on him to the FBI, while playing the "stick" wife—trusting, seemingly unaware, doing her chores and keeping quiet—hoping to survive.

Details

  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Full-length Play
  • Product Code SB1000
  • Cast Size 6
  • Min. Royalty Rate $80/perf
  • Cost $8.95
  • Approx. Run Time 120 min

Categories

  • Target Audience High School | College and Adult
  • Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
  • Genre Drama
  • ISBN(13) 9780871296184
* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

Customer Reviews

"Don't be afraid of this play! Beautifully written, bringing out the issues of the '60'sÑprejudicesÑnot only of race but also of gender. How one woman took a stand, took great risk and ends up where she started. Full range of emotions are in this play."
Review by Jana Richardson, Thorndale High School, Thorndale, Texas

Production Map

Location City State Opens Closes
Stagecrafters - Baldwin Theatre Royal Oak Michigan 4/29/2020 5/17/2020