The Next Contestant

by  Frank D. Gilroy

Short Play, Drama  /  2m, 1f

This chilling play, first published in "The Best Short Plays," focuses on the lengths greedy people will go to win valuable gifts. 

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The Next Contestant

by  Frank D. Gilroy

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

This chilling play, first published in "The Best Short Plays," focuses on the lengths greedy people will go to win valuable gifts. In a broadcasting studio, the master of ceremonies challenges a contestant to call an old girlfriend he knows is engaged and get a date with her. She finally agrees to see him and he wins his prizes in the presence of his fiancee, who's agreed to go along with the whole tasteless act.
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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: Stage right is a radio studio; stage left, a girl's room.
  • Additional Features: No intermission

Casting

2m, 1f

MASTER OF CEREMONIES
WALTER CARTRIGHT - 30
CATHERINE HORTON  - 28

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Authors

Frank D. Gilroy

Frank Daniel Gilroyis an award-winning playwright, producer, screenwriter and director. After graduating from Dartmouth College and the Yale School of Drama, he contributed profusely as a writer to the golden age of television. His impressive first play, Who'll Save the Plowboy?, won an Obie Award in 1962. In 1965, his ...

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The Next Contestant was first performed as one of a series of short plays produced by the Ensemble Studio Theater in New York City in 1978.

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