Come Back, Little Sheba

by  William Inge

Full Length Play, Drama  /  8m, 3f

William Inge burst upon the theatrical scene with this story of marital frustration which erupts in violence. Doc and Lola had an indiscreet affair, she became pregnant and, compelled to marry her, he gave up his medical studies, forfeited his future and settled down to a life of quiet desperation …

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Come Back, Little Sheba

by  William Inge

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    8m, 3f
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William Inge burst upon the theatrical scene with this story of marital frustration which erupts in violence. Doc and Lola had an indiscreet affair, she became pregnant and, compelled to marry her, he gave up his medical studies, forfeited his future and settled down to a life of quiet desperation with the simple, homey Lola, who lost the child but has remained Doc's steadfast if slatternly wife. Now a chiropractor and recovering alcoholic, Doc's sobriety is tested when Marie, a young college student becomes their boarder bringing new life and long-dormant hostilities to the surface of Doc and Lola's troubled marriage. Shirley Booth won the Tony, NY Drama Critics Award and later the Oscar as Best Actress of The Year for her compelling performance as Lola.
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  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance

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  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Setting: An old house in a run-down neighborhood of a Mid-Western city. Late spring.

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8m, 3f
DOC
MARIE
LOLA
TURK
POSTMAN
MRS. COFFMAN
MILKMAN
MESSENGER
BRUCE
ED ANDERSON
ELMO HUSTON
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  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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William Inge

William Inge, (born May 3, 1913, Independence, Kan., U.S.—died June 10, 1973, Hollywood Hills, Calif.) was an American playwright best known for his plays Come Back, Little Sheba (1950; filmed 1952); Picnic (1953; filmed 1956), for which he won a Pulitzer Prize; and Bus Stop (1955; filmed 1956). Inge was educated at th ...

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COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA was first presented at the Booth Theatre in New York City on February 15, 1950. Directed by Daniel Mann.

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