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Three Hundred Leagues Over the Earth - Full Length Play, Drama

Three Hundred Leagues Over the Earth

Merritt Ierley

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Full Length Play, Drama

13m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573701801

The amazing and true adventure of the airship Atlantic - a Jules Vernesque account of a 1859 balloon flight from Missouri to New York that was intended as the first leg of a journey by air to England.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Docudrama/Historic

75 Minutes

Time Period - 19th Century

Settings Of Play - PROLOGUE
St. Louis, Missouri, July 1, 1859

ACT I
Scene 1 Sometime in 1822. Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Scene 2 A street corner in Philadelphia, May 1835
Scene 3 Lancaster, early 1859

ACT II
Scene 1 Aboard the airship Atlantic, July 1, 1859
Scene 2 Eastern Ohio. A telegraph office, July 2, 1859
Scene 3 Aboard the Atlantic over Lake Ontario, July 2, 1859
Scene 4 A rural scene in New York state, July 2, 1859

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Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Before long-distance travel by air was even a dream for most people, the airship Atlantic made an astounding attempt at a transatlantic voyage. This Jules Vernesque account of an actual1859 balloon flight features four "aeronauts"—a scientist, an adventurer, a newspaper reporter, and a financier—on an overnight journey through storm and uncertainty. They fall—literally—far short of their goal, but they set a record for long-distance flight that lasted until after the Wright brothers and showed that travel by air was as feasible as travel on the ground.

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CASTING

13m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Cross gender casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Room for Extras

CASTING NOTES

Plus Ensemble
JOHN WISE can be played by the same actor in Act 1, Scene 2 and Act 1, Scene 3, using a beard for the later scenes.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOICES IN CROWD - Prologue
YOUNG BOY
MOTHER
NARRATOR
WINKLEMAN - Neighbor
VOICE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
NEIGHBOR
FIREMAN ONE
FIREMAN TWO
FIREMAN THREE - Nonspeaking
YOUNG WISE - John, age 14
OLD BYSTANDER
YOUNG BYSTANDER
WORKMAN
VOICES IN CROWND
JOHN WISE - Aeronaut
ROPE HANDLERS
JOHANNA - Wife of John Wise
WILLIAM HYDE - Newspaper reporter
O.A. GAGER - Passenger on the Atlantic
JOHN LAMONT - Aeronaut, age 29
OLD LADY

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author

Merritt Ierley

Merritt Ierley is the author of 14 books and plays. His three plays for Samuel French—Eleanor for President, The Invention, and Three Hundred Leagues Over the Earth—all reflect on American history, as do most of his writings. Three books had forewords from the Smithsonian Institution, and two were undertaken with grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Mr. Ierley has given lectures at a ... view full profile

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