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Willy Wallace Chats . . . With the Kids - Short Play, Drama

Willy Wallace Chats . . . With the Kids

Jason Milligan

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Short Play, Drama

3m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573691812

Willy Wallace is a kindly, middle aged gentleman who spends his time on the porch of his small home in rural Mississippi carving wooden birds. One afternoon, three college kids wander up. They are conducting a survey on race relations in the Southern school system and when awful truths about Willy's past are brought up, Willy attempts to teach a lesson he painfully learned: violence and hate do good to no man. Published in Southern Exposures: Five Plays About Life in the South.

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$8.95
: Southern Exposures: Five Plays About Life in the South

Minimum Fee: $45 per performance


Description

Short Play

Drama

40 minutes

Time Period - 1990s

Settings Of Play - Willy's front porch. An old wooden one-story house in Lafayette County, Mississippi. Late one cool fall afternoon.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Scene work, Competition or audition material

Exterior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

Willy Wallace is a kindly, middle aged gentleman who spends his time on the porch of his small home in rural Mississippi carving wooden birds. One afternoon, three college kids wander up. They are conducting a survey on race relations in the Southern school system. Willy claims that he has nothing to say, but the truth slowly comes out: years ago Willy was a violent Ku Klux Klan member. His activities brought disaster to one of the student's family and he is seeking revenge. Willy attempts to teach a lesson he painfully learned: violence and hate do good to no man.

Published in Southern Exposures: Five Plays About Life in the South.

WILLY WALLACE CHATS...WITH THE KIDS was originally produced by Silver Lining Productions at the Sanford Meisner Theatre in New York City on December 14, 1988, under the direction of Stefanie Milligan. The Production Stage Manager was Sanja Kabalin and original music was arranged and performed by Nate Ouderkirk at Small World Studios. Willy's birds were created for the production by Warren Silvernail.

Characters

CASTING

3m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Roles for Children, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

SALLIE - 19; a pretty Southern sorrority girl.
JOHN - 21; a loner with dark, brooding eyes.
ED - 20; running for student council president; wants to marry Sallie one day.
WILLY - 50s; a gentle man who spends his spare time carving wooden birds on the front porch of his small wooden frame house in Mississippi.
NINA - 5 -7; Willy's daughter.

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Jason Milligan

Jason Milligan

Jason Milligan's many stage plays have been performed in numerous productions across the United States, as well as in Canada and Europe. Thirty-seven of his plays are now published by Samuel French Inc., including ...And Then the Rain Came to Mayfield; Cross Country; New York Stories; Southern Exposures; The Prettiest Girl in Lafayette County; Men in Suits; Family Values; Any Friend of Percy ... view full profile

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