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Christmas at Home - Short Play, Comedy

Christmas at Home

Joseph Hayes

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Short Play, Comedy

3m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573662195

The day before Christmas finds the Burgess family busy with preparations and poignantly aware that this is the first year the members of the family will not be together; son Johnny is in Chicago, and Grandpa had died last summer. But the Burgesses do not feel sorry for themselves; they realize how h…

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Description

Short Play

Comedy

Christmas/Holiday

Settings Of Play - A living room.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

The day before Christmas finds the Burgess family busy with preparations and poignantly aware that this is the first year the members of the family will not be together; son Johnny is in Chicago, and Grandpa had died last summer. But the Burgesses do not feel sorry for themselves; they realize how happy and well off they are. In humorous and touching scenes, we see sixteen year-old Julie falling in love for the first time; eighteen year-old Emily receiving a proposal of marriage; twelve year-old Janet learning the real meaning of Christmas.

Characters

CASTING

3m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Features Children, Features Teens

EMILY BURGESS - 18 years old; a strinking looking girl with soft eyes and an appealing wistfulness. Quiet, reserved, graceful.

JULIE BURGESS - 16 years old; a girl full of vitality and fine spirit; lovely in a bruque way; in high school; quick, eager, young mind.

JANET BURGESS - just 12; lively; a delightful mixture of child and adult; still youngishly chubby; quick and ready sympathies and emotions.

JOHNNY BURGESS - a boyish 21; athletic, with eyes that crinkle with life and amusement and a sometimes sad sensitivity.

DOCTOR TOM BURGESS - just past 50; the father; a fine doctor of the old-fashioned and real variety; impractical and humanistic.

MRS MARGARET BURGESS - not yet 45, but looks it in a graceful way; pleasant mixture of practical realist and womanly sentimentalist; wise and lovely; her faimly is her life.

RALPH WEATHERLY - 17 years old; not particularly handsome but engaging and typical, with a wide, pleasant smile and a slight uneasiness.

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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