The Clod

by  Lewis Beach

Short Play, Drama  /  4m, 1f

One evening in 1863 in the kitchen of a farmhouse on the border between the Northern and Southern states, Mary is confronted with the greatest experience of her life. A Northern soldier, hunted by two Southern soldiers, seeks refuge in her household. The two Southern officers insult Mary to the poin…

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

One evening in 1863 in the kitchen of a farmhouse on the border between the Northern and Southern states, Mary is confronted with the greatest experience of her life. A Northern soldier, hunted by two Southern soldiers, seeks refuge in her household. The two Southern officers insult Mary to the point of murder. She endures many moments of horror and then turns on the two men. She takes the old gun from the wall and kills them both. An exciting play with well defined characters.
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Keywords

Death, War

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: American Civil War Era, 19th Century
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting:

    The kitchen of a farmhouse on the borderline between the Northern and Southern states. September 1863; 10 o'clock in the evening. 

  • 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, 1f
THADDEUS TRASK
MARY TRASK
A NORTHERN PRIVATE
A SOUTHERN SERGEANT
A SOUTHERN PRIVATE 
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Authors

Lewis Beach

Lewis Beach (1891-1947), born in Saginaw, Michigan, achieved some success with The Clod (1916) and especially The Goose Hangs High (1924).

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The Clod was originally presented by the Harvard Dramatic Club on March 31, 1914. 

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