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Pullman Car Hiawatha - Short Play, Dramatic Comedy

Pullman Car Hiawatha

Thornton Wilder

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Short Play, Dramatic Comedy

12m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573022203

This one-act comedy, set in a Pullman car on a train traveling from New York to Chicago in December, 1930, introduces techniques Wilder would use in future three-act plays.

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Description

Short Play

Dramatic Comedy

Fantasy, Experimental

30 minutes

Time Period - 1930s

Settings Of Play - A Pullman car making its way from New York to Chicago, December, 1930.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Local Celebrity Cameo, No intermission

Scene work, Competition or audition material

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TAGS

Death, Love, Memory

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

This one-act comedy, set in a Pullman car on a train traveling from New York to Chicago in December, 1930, introduces techniques Wilder would use in future three-act plays: The stage is virtually bare, with only a balcony or bridge and two flights of stairs, and the play is narrated by a Stage Manager. One of the characters speaks words that foreshadow Emily's words in Our Town. The play includes a character representing Grover's Corners, Ohio-a forerunner of Our Town's Grover's Corners, New Hampshire. The cast includes the hours of the day, the weather, the planets, and supernatural beings. Conventional time is suspended, and the only true measures of existence are life and death. Pullman Car takes us on a metaphorical journey by train through the American landscape, a diverse band of travelers encapsulated in a Pullman car hurtle through time, space and a range of emotions.

REVIEWS

"The playwright's warmth, humor and love for humanity permeate the drama, and make it both touching and entertaining." -Variety, December 12, 1962

"In Pullman Car Hiawatha. . . the author's resources of dramatic construction and symbolic visualization even enable him to move into a world of fancy, allowing him to give a speech to a dead woman (Harriet) as affecting as Emily's lines in the last act of Our Town. . . ." -John Gassner, "The Two Worlds of Thornton Wilder," 1963


The play's first licensed production took place March 19, 1932, at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Characters

CASTING

12m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Local Celebrity Cameo, Multicultural casting, Room for Extras, Parts for Senior Actors

CASTING NOTES

Various other actors to represent a town, a field, another town, three hours of the clock, and Saturn, Venus, Jupiter and the Earth.

THE STAGE MANAGER

Compartment Three
AN INSANE WOMAN - Mrs. Churchill
MALE ATTENDANT - Mr. Morgan
THE FEMALE ATTENDANT - a trained nurse

Compartment Two
PHILIP MILBURY

Compartment Three
HARRIET MILBURY - Philip’s young wife

Lower One
A MAIDEN LADY

Lower Three
A MIDDLE-AGED DOCTOR

Lower Five
A STOUT, AMIABLE WOMAN

Lower Seven
AN ENGINEER - Bill, going to California

Lower Nine
AN ENGINEER - Fred
THE PORTER - Harrison

GROVER’S CORNERS, OHIO - represented by a Grinning Boy
THE FIELD - represented by Somebody in Shirt Sleeves
A TRAMP
PARKERSBURG, OHIO - represented by a Farmer’s Wife and Three Young People
A WORKMAN - Mr. Krüger, a ghost
THE WORKER - a watchman
THE WEATHER - represented by a Mechanic

The Hours
TEN O’CLOCK
ELEVEN O’CLOCK
TWELVE O’CLOCK

The Planets
SATURN
VENUS
JUPITER
EARTH

The Archangels
GABRIEL
MICHAEL

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975), born in Madison, Wisconsin, and educated at Yale and Princeton, was an accomplished novelist and playwright whose works explore the connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of human experience. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of his seven novels, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928, and his next-to-last novel, The Eighth Day received the National Book ... view full profile

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