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Wisp in the Wind - Short Play, Drama

Wisp in the Wind

Jack Cunningham

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Short Play, Drama

1m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573706066

A young man and women talk to each other about some of their saddest stories and their search for nothing, something, someone.

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Minimum Fee: $45 per performance


Short Play


30 minutes

Settings Of Play - The platform of a small railway station. 


No intermission

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Death, Memory




College Theatre / Student, Reader's Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

A young woman, sitting on a bench at a small railroad station, waits. A man comes along to catch the early morning train. Innocently, he starts a conversation with her. The conversation turns when she begins to question him. She unnerves the man with her questions and he suddenly throws the burden on her. She begins to relate a story from her youth and is carried along in her narration to the point of hysteria. Almost inarticulate, she tries to explain what is wrong. Slowly she gets it out and the man begins to understand. He becomes deeply involved in another story she relates. "This is the saddest story,'' she says, and tells of a young man who was looking for something but could not find it. He died in the search for it and on his deathbed there is the possibility that he saw at last what he was looking for. The young man at the railroad station is totally aware now of the consequence of what has been said. He demands to know the answer; did the other young man find what he was looking for? The young woman runs away without giving him the answer he wants to hear. He is left alone to find it for himself.

Wisp in the Wind premiered at the Canadian University Drama Festival in Montreal, QC in February 1965 under the direction of Jack Cunningham.



1m, 1f

THE GIRL - in her early twenties, slim, pretty. She is a very intense young woman, with a certain stiffness in her movements.
THE MAN - in his thirties, tall, good-looking but not in a rugged way. He is a quiet man, moving with some timidity but balanced with some assurance.
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