The Deserter

by  Norman Beim

Short Play, Drama  /  3m

"Moving and compassionate play by a most gifted playwright." Horton Foote. "A powerful, moving piece...sensitive but not maudlin...A tense emotional drama."  Rutgers University

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The Deserter

by  Norman Beim

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

In a deserted French chateau during World War II, a young deserter awaits execution. Taunted by his guard, he speaks of his misguided youth and his love for his wife. He tries to explain to the priest who has come to give him the last rites that killing is wrong, but the priest insists that God expects every man to do his duty. The Derserter was published as part of the Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 3rd Series.
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Accolades

  • Winner of the 3rd Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival!

Reviews

"Moving and compassionate play by a most gifted playwright." - Horton Foote.

"A powerful, moving piece...sensitive but not maudlin...A tense emotional drama." - Rutgers University

Keywords

Death, Religion, War

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: A deserted Chateau in Europe, one winter morning early in 1945.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

3m
THE SOLDIER
THE SERGEANT
THE PRIEST
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Cast Attributes

  • All Male
  • Ensemble cast

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Authors

Norman Beim

Norman Beim, a life time member of the Dramatist Guild, is a prize-wining playwright, veteran actor and director. His plays have been produced nationally and internationally and won a number of awards including the Robert J. Pickering Award (Coldwater Theatre), the David James Ellis Award (Theatre A ...

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The Deserter had its first performance at the Troupe Theatre in New York City in April 1978.

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