The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid

by  Lee Blessing

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m

Winner! 1979 National New Play Award at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Set in a one room shack out west at the turn of the last century, this at times funny and at times chilling play concerns Pat Garrett, the man who shot Billy the Kid. Now, many years after the famous deed, Garrett lives alone with his memories. Enter…

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The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid

by  Lee Blessing

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    KCACTF: Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival New Play
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Set in a one room shack out west at the turn of the last century, this at times funny and at times chilling play concerns Pat Garrett, the man who shot Billy the Kid. Now, many years after the famous deed, Garrett lives alone with his memories. Enter the man who wrote the dime novel that immortalized Billy and Garrett. He brings with him a man who he claims is the real Billy the Kid, now middle aged and very much alive. Is this man Billy the Kid? And, if he is then who is Pat Garrett?
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Accolades

  • Winner! 1979 National New Play Award at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Keywords

Betrayal, Memory

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1900-1910
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: Pat Garrett's ranchouse, 20 miles east of Las Cruces, New Mexico, in the Organ Mountains; 1908. 
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

4m

PAT F. GARRETT- 57, rancher, ex-sheriff, the man who killed Billy the Kid. 

ASHMON UPSON- in his 70s, frontier journalist, ghost writer of Garrett's book, The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid. 

JIM P. MILLER- in his late 20s, rancher, methodist deacon, hired killer. 

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Cast Attributes

  • All Male

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Authors

Lee Blessing

Lee Blessing's play's include: A Walk In The Woods (Broadway and London's West End), Going to St. Ives, (Outer Critic’s Circle Award, Best Play, Obie for ensemble performance); Thief River (Drama Desk nomination, Best Play); Cobb (Drama Desk award, best ensemble); Chesapeake, Eleemosynary,Down The Road, The Authentic L ...

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