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Post Haste - Full Length Play, Drama

Post Haste

Frank E. Reilly

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Full Length Play, Drama

1m, 1f, 1m or f

ISBN: PWD0000000006

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play


Adventure, Biography

90 minutes

Time Period - 1910s / WWI

Settings Of Play -

The play takes place in a 1915 Roadster, basically a driver's seat and a passenger seat.  Stops along the route may be minimalistic or expansive depending on the director's vision and/or budge limitations.  Anything one wishes to do to reflect the journey from New York City to California is subjective.


Physical Comedy, Special Effects

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set, Opportunity for Spectacle

Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Period Costumes


No Special Cautions


Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior


Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, Tours

Post Haste is based on the true story of Emily Post (pre "Etiquette") taking a journey on Lincoln Highway, the first cross-country  highway, with her handsome young son as chauffeur, in 1915.  En route they not only discover a young America and many trials and tribulations, but each other as well. Emily evolves her way through the journey into being an independent woman, putting aside "society as a career", and resulting in  her many writings on etiquette (now in its 18th edition).  It is a two character, two act play with plenty of pathos,  requiring a simple set, or, should you wish, an eloborate one.

A Butler may be added to do scene changes in character!


"Emily and Ned's trip West is chronicled in an amiably attractive play by Frank E. Reilly!  It's the way it casually but firmly shows you how two people's attitude towards the larger world is affected by seeing it and how two people, who happen to be mother and son, mend fences and bond in ways that will be indelible and eternal. (It is) done with charm, a sense of wonder, and a shared experience!  The result is like going along on a friendly ride with graceful, captivating people who shed prejudices along with dinner clothes as they leave the East and head to the less traveled, less sophisticated, less affected regions of the early 20th century American Midwest and beyond." Neals Paper, Media, PA

"Post Haste: A Play in Fabulous Form", Lisa Panzer, Phindie, Philadelphia PA

"A sparkling performance, Frank E. Reilly's captivating new play "Post Haste" based on Emily Post, matriarch of manners, premiered at the Hedgerow Theatre.  In this refreshing tale of triumph and etiquette, we catch up to Emily in April 1915 as she is about to embark on a cross-country journey with her son, Edwin M. Post, or "Ned" in her roadster on the new Lincoln Highway.  Much of the story has the feel of being confided to the audience, creating a bond that draws them in to listen to the life and times of these two depicted individuals. (Liza Panser)

"Get to Hedgerow Theatre Post Haste" Neal Zoren, Neal's Paper, Media PA

Produced by the Hedgerow Theatre

at the Hedgerow Theatre, Media, PA

Ran from June 10-28, 2015




1m, 1f, 1m or f


Role(s) for Black Actor(s), Expandable casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)


Emily Post , 45-55, elegantly attractive, high spirited

Edwin Post, Jr. , 20, Harvard student, tall, imposing posture and appearance

Butler: Male or Female, Caucasion or Afro American, but a stately figure in formal wear, e.g. black and white, gloves, tails perhaps, etc.  Remember the year is 1915

EMILY POST - 45-55, is an aristocrat, born into and married into great wealth, quite proper and imposing with a high degree of spirit and the picture of fashion desgin of the time.

EDWIN POST JR. -  20, is a proper young man of a serious nature with an imposing demeanor.

BUTLER - Open to choice but to remember the year is 1915 and he or she must appear in step both in dress and attitude

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