Full Length Play
Time Period - 1930s, 1920s
Settings Of Play - The Hunt home in the Carolina mountains. The action takes place between four o'clock in the afternoon and nine o'clock at night on midsummer day.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Pulitzer, From Broadway
Winner! 1924 Pulitzer Prize in Drama
When Sid Hunt returns from WWI, he announces his plans to marry his sweetheart, Jude Lowry, much to the displeasure of his brother Rufe, who is also in love with Jude. Jude's brother Andy has an old grudge against the family, and after some illicit drinking, he decides to murder Sid. Sid hears of this plot and crosses a dam to escape from Andy, but Rufe, hoping to get Jude for himself, blows up the dam. A religious fanatic, Rufe justifies this murder by claiming that God commanded it. Meanwhile, flood waters are rising from unprecedented rainfall, and when the family gets into their boat, Rufe finds that there is no room for him. He is told that if God commanded him to murder Sid, surely God will protect Rufe from the flood.
HELL BENT FOR HEAVEN was first presented on Friday, January 4, 1924. Directed by Augustin Duncan.