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Spades - 10 Minute Play, Dark Comedy

Spades

Jim Beaver

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10 Minute Play, Dark Comedy

3m

ISBN: 9780573625589

Two marines in 1970 Vietnam receive a dead soldier to store in a refrigerator before his remains are sent back home. But the man’s corpse was sent to the marines too early: he regains consciousness and awakens, terrified out of his mind.

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$11.95
: Ten Minute Plays from Actors Theatre of Louisville, Vol. 1

Minimum Fee: $45 per performance


Description

10 Minute Play

Dark Comedy

10 minutes

Time Period - 1970s

Settings Of Play - Graves Registration warehouse, 1st Medical Batallion, Marine Division, Da Nang, South Vietnam

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Scene work, Competition or audition material

Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Two marines in 1970 Vietnam receive a dead soldier to store in a refrigerator before his remains are sent back home. War has taken its emotional toll on these young men and they discuss the best way to permanently attach the dead man’s ID tag to him – by stomping his dogtag into his jaw. The man’s corpse was sent to the marines too early: he regains consciousness and awakens, terrified out of his mind. Somehow the exhausted men find humor in a grim close call.

Published in Ten Minute Plays from Actors Theatre of Louisville, Vol. 1.

Spades had its first on February 18th, 1981. It was directed by Larry Deckel.
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CASTING

3m

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

All Male, Non-Traditional casting, Room for Extras

CORPORAL JACK CHITWOOD – US Marine Corps, 22
LANCE CORPORAL ROB FLANAGAN – US Marine Corps, 19
YOUNG MARINE
Author
Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver was born in Laramie, Wyoming and attended Irving High School in Texas (where he was a classmate of ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard), but he transferred in his senior year to Fort Worth Christian Academy, from which he graduated in 1968. He also took courses at Fort Worth Christian College. Despite having appeared in some elementary-school plays, he showed no particular interest in an acting ... view full profile

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James N. Beaver, Jr [W] 6/4/2013 5:58 PM

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