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Saturday Night at Old Smokey - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Saturday Night at Old Smokey

Ron Osborne

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

1m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573700132

"Plenty of wit and warmth in a simple story of family and tradition. And to sweeten the pot, some pretty darned good music. If you're in the mood for a good story well told, Saturday Night at Old Smokey won't disappoint." - Bristol Heral…
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Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy


120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - All action takes place in "Old Smokey Country Store," a small, family-owned general store situated on the the highest mountain in the county. The store is from another time. It consists of one large room featuring shelves, a checkout counter (on which t


Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music

Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes


Mild Adult Themes


Appropriate for all audiences


High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Large Stage, Church / Religious Groups

In its heyday, "Old Smokey" was more than a mountain-top country store...its porch was the scene of Saturday night musical jamborees that rivaled the Grand Ole Opry. As Emma prepares to reopen Old Smokey for her son Teddy – injured in Afghanistan and almost home – the store has fallen into disrepair. There to help are Jinks, a playful friend and a Yankee wannabe; Olive, a sassy defender of all things Southern, who – with Jinks – was a member of the "Mountain Mamas," a singing duet once destined for fame; and Cordelia, Olive's daughter and Teddy's fiancée, who's more talented than even she realizes. When the county threatens foreclosure, the women plan a fundraising musical jamboree reminiscent of the good old days. That is, until a storm closes the road, stranding them and wrecking their plans. The arrival of strangers – mysterious Howard and his ditzy "wife" Tammy – adds to the challenges. Who is Howard and why is he so interested in Old Smokey? More important, how do Emma and her friends preserve the values that built this homey little store at the top of the mountain? Challenges mount as secrets are revealed, laughs are shared, and songs are sung in a live on-the-air musical tribute to tradition, friendship and family.
"Plenty of wit and warmth in a simple story of family and tradition. And to sweeten the pot, some pretty darned good music. If you're in the mood for a good story well told, Saturday Night at Old Smokey won't disappoint." - Bristol Herald-Courier

"A delight...offering lots of laughs and songs while exploring serious issues like war and media hypocrites...a hit with the audience and destined to be another Ron Osborne southern classic" - Washington County News

SATURDAY NIGHT AT OLD SMOKEY (under the title SAVING OLD SMOKEY) premiered at Barter Theatre, the LORT-member State Theatre of Virginia, on June 9, 2011. It ran for 40-plus peformances on the theatre's 505-seat main stage.


1m, 5f


Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)


The actors portraying EMMA, CORDELIA, JINKS and OLIVE should have reasonably good singing voices.

A CORDELIA with guitar-playing skills would be a plus, although a tambourine or other hand-held percussion instrument could subsitute for the guitar.



EMMA - A caring mother on a mission to preserve a treasure, 50.

JINKS - Emma's creative friend who's at war with everything Southern, 50 or so.

OLIVE - Another friend whose love for the South conflicts with JINKS, also 50 or so.

CORDELIA - An ambitious, talented, take-charge young lady engaged to EMMA'S son, 20ish.

TAMMY - Howard's attactive zestful companion with a dream, 20 - 30.

HOWARD - A pompous strange with multiple secrets, 40 to 60.

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Ron Osborne

Ron Osborne's plays - including the six full-length plays published by Samuel French - have been produced by hundreds of theatres throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as recognized in more than 90 national playwriting competitions. A number of monoloques from his plays appear in books published by French (Exceptional Monoloques for Men and Women-2) and Smith & Kraus (The Best Monoloques For ... view full profile

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