The Cantilevered Terrace

by  William Archibald

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 3f

Riches are a poor substitute for love. The son and daughter of a very wealty family are hardly satisfied with the millions they will inherit, but think instead of the love their parents might have given them. The entire action passes during one cocktail hour on the family terrace. The daughter's …

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The Cantilevered Terrace

by  William Archibald

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • Accolades

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    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

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Riches are a poor substitute for love. The son and daughter of a very wealty family are hardly satisfied with the millions they will inherit, but think instead of the love their parents might have given them. The entire action passes during one cocktail hour on the family terrace. The daughter's finance joins the group, but it is evident that not even his love is enough to fill the void of her past life. Both mother and daughter accuse each other of being wanting, but it is the son who chooses the most direct action. He bargains with the finace to kill his parents by pushing them over a cliff that they always pass on their evening walk. It is the only way to end the strange relationships of the family. The finance agrees: and after everyone has bared his soul for the last time, the old couple has left for their last walk together, he stalks after them to complete the deed.
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Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre

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  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

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Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

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

3m, 3f
FREDERICK PERPETUA
LAWRENCE JUNIPER
SOPHIA PERPETUA
MR. PERPETUA
MRS. PERPETUA
ANGELA
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William Archibald

William Archibald

The Cantilevered Terrace premiered at the 41st Street Theatre on January 17, 1962 and was directed by William Archibald.

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