The Municipal Abattoir

by  Tennessee Williams

10 Minute Play, Satire/Political Satire  /  2m, 1f

Part of the collection Mister Paradise and Other One Act Plays

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The Municipal Abattoir

by  Tennessee Williams

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Duration


    10 minutes
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

In a dictatorship, a condemned clerk asks a student the way to the Municipal Abattoir. The student tells him to save himself but the clerk can’t because he’s been a Municipal Employee too long to disobey. The student changes tack and orders the clerk to shoot the general as his motorcade passes by. But the clerk is too cowed and asks the audience the way to the abattoir.

Part of the collection Mister Paradise and Other One Act Plays

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Betrayal, Politics


Performing Groups

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
    $75 with other plays in collection



  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: The pavement of a city street, in front of a gray concrete wall plastered with poster-photographs of a military dictator.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


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Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) explores passion with daring honesty, and forged a poetic theatre of raw psychological insight that shattered conventional proprieties and transformed the American stage. The autobiographical The Glass Menagerie brought what Mr. Williams called “the catastrophe of success,” a success capp ...

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The Municipal Abattoir was first presented by the Shakespeare Theatre at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. on April 22, 2004. It was directed by Michael Kahn.

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