The Silk Shirt

by  Tim Kelly

Short Play, Drama  /  1m, 3f

An unemployed young actor and his wife live with his semi invalid mother and shy older sister until something turns up. Their life style conflicts with the mother's. The climax occurs when the wife returns with an expensive silk shirt for a good friend, now blind. The mother's outraged at the wife's…

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The Silk Shirt

by  Tim Kelly

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

An unemployed young actor and his wife live with his semi invalid mother and shy older sister until something turns up. Their life style conflicts with the mother's. The climax occurs when the wife returns with an expensive silk shirt for a good friend, now blind. The mother's outraged at the wife's extravagance and conflict's renewed until the sister - understanding human motives - asserts herself.
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Keywords

Parenting/Family

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: Apartment of Mrs. Osborne, New York City. The present. Late afternoon.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

1m, 3f

DONALD- A young actor currently "at liberty." Serious and hard-working.
ANGIE- His sister, older by a few years. Shy and withdrawn, seemingly dominated bytheir mother.
MRS.OSBORNE- Their mother, a semi-invalid. Selfish and opinionated.
SALOME- Donald's wife, an actress, attractive and effervescent-and a thorn in the side of Mrs. Osborne.

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Tim Kelly

Kelly was born in Saugus, Massachusetts on October 2, 1932. He graduated from Emerson College with a bachelor's degree and received a masters degree in play-writing from Yale University. His first stage play was Widow's Walk, published in the 1960s. At the same time, three of his plays opened: A Darker Flo ...

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