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Rural Nightmare - Short Play, Drama

Rural Nightmare

Grace Rudolph

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Short Play, Drama

3m, 4f

ISBN: 9780874404081

Rita and Martin buy an old house in the country and arrive one weekend to find it has been savagely vandalized.

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Description

Short Play

Drama

Mystery/Thriller

60 minutes (1 hour)

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - A nearly empty living room in an old house. Packing crates and cartons are scattered around the room along with stacks of books and a rolled up rug. All the signs of people moving in. Against the back wall is a fireplace.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TAGS

Betrayal

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

A young couple and their two small children move to a rural town to escape the violence and pollution of the city. While working to restore their antique home they hire a neighbor to watch the children. She tells them something's buried beneath the hearth. They unearth a small coffin but, it's empty. One night they hear shuffling and scratching in the attic. The next morning, in a crawl space, they make a frightening discovery. Perhaps their neighbors are more terrifying than their discovery in the attic. The horror of this play is that the Inhabitant is different. He doesn't kill anyone. He doesn't attack anyone. His only crime was being born "different." This spine tingling one-act brings to mind, - "...things that go bump in the night."
Rural Nightmare first appeared as a short story in the Boston Globe. The author was comissioned by Baker's Plays to rework the story into a one-act play.
Characters

CASTING

3m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting

CASTING NOTES

Two small children are mentioned in the play, but they are never seen. Martin, Rita, and Lesley are all in their early 30s. Eve, Shirley, and George are in their 50s. The Inhabitant can be an adult of any age.

MARTIN - the husband, a tweedy type.
RITA - the wife, has or has had a good career. 
LESLEY - Rita's sister, also successful in her career. 
EVE - a real estate agent. 
SHIRLEY - a neighbor, knows all the gossip and know where the skeletons are buried. 
GEORGE - Shirley's husband. 
THE INHABITANT - a shaggy, filthy, dishevelled man.
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author

Grace Rudolph

Grace Gannon Rudolph studied theatre and worked in summer stock. She has directed community theatre and cable network productions, founded a radio theatre, and taught courses in playwriting for adults and children. After raising six rowdy, wonderful children she returned to college and received her bachelor's degree in Social Work from Bridgewater State University. She has lectured and written ... view full profile

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