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Darkest Hour, The - Short Play, Drama

Darkest Hour, The

Charles George

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Short Play, Drama

3m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573621086

One of the most powerful stories ever condensed into a one act play. The Darkest Hour tells the story of young John Madison within four hours of his execution for murder. He has been found guilty on circumstantial evidence. He is innocent, but has no way of proving it, as appearances have b…

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Description

Short Play

Drama

Settings Of Play - A cell in the death house in the State penitentiary at night.

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One of the most powerful stories ever condensed into a one act play. The Darkest Hour tells the story of young John Madison within four hours of his execution for murder. He has been found guilty on circumstantial evidence. He is innocent, but has no way of proving it, as appearances have been too strongly against him. His sorrowing mother comes to pay her last visit before the State exacts its toll. He reiterates his innocence and relates the entire circumstances to her in this heartbreaking tale.
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CASTING

3m, 2f

PRISON ATTENDANT - a big, burly gruff man of middle age.

WARDEN - a middle-aged man, large and portly. A humane and understanding nature.

JOHN MADISON - twenty-five years old. His face is ashen white, the picture of anguish and despair, as though he has endured great agony.

MRS. MADISON - the mother of JOHN. A small woman of about fifty, with a sweet, kind face that shows plainly great sorrow. She is stooped and bent with grief.

ELLEN MARTIN - about twenty-three years old. A sensitive, highly emotional and sympathetic character.

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Tory-Kale Schulz 12/18/2013 12:23 PM
The Darkest Hour is a great play for those who A) have a smaller cast, B) are looking for a great drama in one-act form, C) do not desire a complex set, and D) want a timeless play that is easy enough to pull off quickly, yet complex enough to make extremely dramatic.

Although it predates both by many years, it has elements of both movies "Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile."  I definitely recommend this play.

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