The Winning Number

by  Sarah Brown

Short Play, Comedy  /  3f, 1m or f

Dottie has humiliated her younger sister Jeanie by swiping cards from others at the bingo table, stealing, and bringing home scores of bingo cards from various parlors, having them blackballed from games all over town. But she keeps praying - and stealing - and knows that her prayers will be answered.  Winner of the 16th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival

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The Winning Number

by  Sarah Brown

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3f, 1m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Dottie has humiliated her younger sister Jeanie by swiping cards from others at the bingo table, stealing, and bringing home scores of bingo cards from various parlors, having them blackballed from games all over town. But she keeps praying - and stealing - and knows that her prayers will be answered. 

Published in Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 16th Series.

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Accolades

  • Winner! Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: A small frame house in Tampa, Texas, where Dottie and Jeanie have lived most of their adult lives.
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

3f, 1m or f
DOTTIE - Anywhere between forty-five and sixty-five years old. The years have made her distrustful, paranoid, and even curel at times. She walks slowly and carefully as if suspicious of, or angry at, everything she sees. The wild, painful energies that one senses from her have been religiously focused on the game of Bingo.
JEANIE - Close in age to her sister, but the years have been far more gracious to her than to Dottie. Her manner is both in the way she talks and walks is far more pleasant and calm. Bingo is important to her but her obsession with the game is not so great as her sister's. Her pleasant, sweet, peace-making manner is at its peak when things are at their worst. But, alas, Jeanie dos have her breaking point and Dottie has become an expert at bringing this about.
CHORUS - A country guitarist
CHORUS - A female country vocalist
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Cast Attributes

  • All Female
  • Parts for Senior Actors

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All necessary music materials can be found at the back of the acting edition. 

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Authors

Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown, an M.F.A. graduate of Yale School of Drama, is an actor, director, published playwright, published songwriter, solo performer, Fulbright Scholar and professor of performance at the University of Memphis. Sarah has acted in film and television as well as regional and New York theatre. ...

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The Winning Number was originally co-produced by Pat and Gerald Brown and The Pulse Ensemble Theatre Company. It was directed by Pat Brown.

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