The Banker's Dilemma

by  Cleve Haubold

Short Play, Comedy  /  2m, 2f

Banker Van Bludgeon roars into Widder Twilly's store to collect the money owed him, or bounce her and her son, Norman, out into the street. The stagecoach from Ponca City deposits a veiled and hysterical young maiden-- Dorothea-- into the Twilly store. Norman sets out to raise money by peddling his …

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The Banker's Dilemma

by  Cleve Haubold

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    2m, 2f
  • SubGenre

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    Farce
  • Suggested Use

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    • UIL Approved
    • Competition or audition material

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Banker Van Bludgeon roars into Widder Twilly's store to collect the money owed him, or bounce her and her son, Norman, out into the street. The stagecoach from Ponca City deposits a veiled and hysterical young maiden-- Dorothea-- into the Twilly store. Norman sets out to raise money by peddling his stock of crocheted doorstops, but rapidly gets tangled up in a hilarious plot which involves the entire cast. When the dust settles, the Banker and the Widder are making eyes at each other, Norman and Dorothea are holding hands, the store is saved.
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  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

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  • Setting: The Twilly General Merchandise Emporium in Botts, California in 1883.

Casting

2m, 2f

BANKER THEODORE VAN BLUDGEON - portly, middle-aged man, typical character actor in a small town theatre troupe.

WIDDER PEARL TWILLY - stout matron in her 50's, has a crusty pioneer spirit, always exasperted with NORMAN.

NORMAN VINCENT TWILLY - her son, early 20's, gangly and enthusiastic country boy, not too intelligent.

DOROTHEA OZ DIMPLING - 20's, overexcitable young lady, given to hysterics.

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