The House on the Cliff

by  George Batson

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m, 4f

The House on the Cliff is rumored to be the last stop of the Civil War Underground Railroad and overlooks one of the Great Lakes. Years ago, an excursion boat sank in a storm and it's said the lake is haunted. The play begins with a sudden, violent murder and ends with a chilling, surprising climax.

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The House on the Cliff

by  George Batson

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

The House on the Cliff is rumored to be the last stop of the Civil War Underground Railroad and overlooks one of the Great Lakes. Years ago, an excursion boat sank in a storm and it's said the lake is haunted. The house's occupants include a young, lovely heiress, Ellen Clayton, currently confined to a wheelchair; her coolly beautiful stepmother; and an austere housekeeper. Then Nurse Pepper arrives, a cheerful, curious person desirous of putting things in order. And there's the substitute doctor, Corey Phillips who believes Ellen can walk again and soon. It all begins with a sudden, violent murder and ends with a chilling, surprising climax. Excellent parts for the entire cast.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, 1950s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The living room in the Clayton summer home, overlooking the northern tip of one of the Great Lakes.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, 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

2m, 4f
DOCTOR LANE - forty, whith considerable polish and good looks.
ELLEN CLAYTON - lovely, fragile and in her early twenties.
KAREN CLAYTON - in her thirties, tall, slim and with a cool beauty.
JENNY - the housekeeper, is austere and capable, in her late forties.
MISS PEPPER - attractive and warm with much energy and an engaging curiosity. Her age is twenty one plus.
COREY PHILLIPS - in his mid-twenties, good looking young doctor.
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting

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Authors

George Batson

George Batson

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