Benefit of a Doubt
by Edward Clinton
Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 2m, 4f
"Powerful" - Northern Hills Press
"Sensitive and compelling." - Cincinnati Post
"Powerful – Northern Hills Press
"Sensitive and compelling" – Cincinnati Post
"[Clinton's] style of probing into his created people would do credit to Edward Albee or Tennessee Williams. He lets you see inside them a line at a time. And many of the revelations come through anger. The use of anger is psychologically sound since so much of it is actually used against ourselves. Thus we get simultaneous truths… The play is impressive. While exploring a tragic human situation, Clinton is humorous without a Neil Simon Brittleness. And his feeling for the way people explain their own problems is right to the point. We are, he suggests, trapped inside ourselves like a prison, and it takes another person to set us free… His characters and words are sensitive and compelling. His play should be seen.”" - Dale Stevens, Cincinnati Post
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $100 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: House in Warrenville, West Virginia
- Additional Features: Not Applicable
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
SADIE - Eileen's Mother, in her seventies, quarrelsome, white hair.
JOHN CASSIDY - Husband, a very big guy, quite charming and likable, strong and simple.
KAY - Forty-two years old, tired from constant over-work, not pretty at all, quite plain as a matter of fact, quite sure of herself.
EILEEN CASSIDY - Wife, very pretty (esp. in comparison to Kay), very smart.
DANDELION - Old black man who sweep up at the record shop. Drinks gin, but is not your average drunk. Is very proud with a slight streak of sadness in him. He loves to laugh and to entertain.
- Ensemble cast
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)