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Desperate Hours, The - Full Length Play, Melodrama

Desperate Hours, The

Joseph Hayes

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Full Length Play, Melodrama

11m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573607974

Winner! Tony® Award for Best Play

"That very rare thing, an almost perfect melodrama fast, tight, logical, combining sentiment with gunfire in exactly the right proportions." - The New Yorker

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Description

Full Length Play

Melodrama

Mystery/Thriller

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - Indianapolis. The present. Autumn.

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Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Tony, From Broadway

Winner! Tony® Award for Best Play
Adapted from his best selling novel. A smash hit on Broadway with Paul Newman and winner of the Tony Award, this revised edition of The Desperate Hours has been simplified to employ a less complicated set.

The Hilliards are a typical family living on the outskirts of Indianapolis; abruptly, their pleasant home becomes a jungle full of cunning and violence. Mr. Hilliard and 19 year old Cindy are allowed to go to work while Mrs. Hilliard and 10 year old Ralphie remain in the house as hostages. Meanwhile, the police search closes in inexorably, conducted by a deputy sheriff who has his own reasons for wanting to kill. The Hilliards are helpless. A murder occurs. The police move closer.

"That very rare thing, an almost perfect melodrama fast, tight, logical, combining sentiment with gunfire in exactly the right proportions." - The New Yorker
THE DESPERATE HOURS was first presented at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York City on February 10, 1955. Directed by Robert Montgomery.
Characters

CASTING

11m, 3f

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

TOM WINSTON
JESSE BARD
HARRY CARSON
ELEANOR HILLIARD
RALPHIE HILLIARD
DAN HILLIARD
CINDY HILLIARD
GLENN GRIFFIN
HANK GRIFFIN
ROBISH
CHUCK WRIGHT
MR. PATTERSON
LT. CARL FREDERICKS
MISS SWIFT

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author

Joseph Hayes

Joseph Hayes (August 2, 1918 – September 11, 2006) grew up writing novels and plays in his native Indianapolis, Indiana. His most successful work, The Desperate Hours, was turned into a novel, a Tony Award-winning Broadway play, and a film, which in 1956 won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. In 1962 he wrote another Broadway success, Caluclated Risk, and proceeded to pen over a ... view full profile

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