The Battle of Shallowford

by  Ed Simpson

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5m, 1f, 3boy(s)

"Tickle their funny bones, warm their hearts, don't insult their intelligence.... The Battle of Shallowford hits that magic trio." - Knoxville News Sentinel
It is a quiet Sunday night in October of 1938 at Burton Mock's general store in Shallowford, NC. The rest of the world is on the brink of war, but Shallowford folks are only interested in local gossip until they turn on the radio and learn that the Martians have invaded! It is the night of Orson Welles' history War of the Worlds radio drama! They fall hook, line and sinker for the broadcast and run out to do battle.

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The Battle of Shallowford

by  Ed Simpson

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 1f, 3boy(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

On a quiet Sunday night in October of 1938 at Burton Mock's general store in Shallowford, NC. Burton and his teenage daughter, Ruthie, are discussing her future. She's convinced she can handle life outside the rural Shallowford, her father would like her to stay close. As the night progresses, a host of colorful locals arrive at the store, including science obsessed, 17 year old Lonny. The rest of the world is on the brink of war, but these folks are only interested in local gossip until they turn on the radio and learn that the Martians have invaded! It is the night of Orson Welles' history War of the Worlds radio drama! They fall hook, line and sinker for the broadcast and run out to do battle. Lonny and Ruthie must fend for themselves inside the store, and they discover a mutual passion for that which is unknown and each other....a community theatre classic that rings true with anyone who ever lived in a small town or had big dreams!
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Reviews

"A theatrical gem." - Ashville Citizen Times

"Tickle their funny bones, warm their hearts, don't insult their intelligence.... The Battle of Shallowford hits that magic trio." - Knoxville News Sentinel

"Hilariously on target...A community theatre staple." - Knoxville Journal

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The action takes place during the evening of October 30, 1938 in Mock's General Store, a combination grocery store and post office in Shallowford, NC, a small farming town 15 miles west of Winston-Salem.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

5m, 1f, 3boy(s)
BURTON MOCK - late 30's, early 40s; proprietor of Mock's General Store and Shallowford's postmaster; calm and good-natured
RUTHIE MOCK - 17, Burton's daughter; pretty and romantic, she helps out in the store but longs for excitement and adventure
LONNY HUTCHINS - 17; a shy, intelligent dreamer and an avid reader of science fiction magazines
CLUNETTE CAMPBELL - late 30s, a regular at "Mock's;" opinionated, excitable, a gossip, and a complainer
ROY SPRINKLE - 70s, called "Mr. Roy" by everyone; he is a veteran raconteur with a sly sense of humor; lost an arm during the Spanish-American War
DEWEY SOWERS - 17, tall, strapping, and handsome; he is the local football hero and brags to hide his awkwardness
NEWSOME JARVIS - 50s; a silent, mysterious, and reclusive farmer; he is the kind of man town gossips love
"DOODAD" JARVIS - 20s, Newsome's son; extremely slow-witted
FRED MARTIN - 30s, well-dressed, refined, and a trifle effeminate; organist and choir director at the local Methodist Church
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Authors

Ed Simpson

Ed Simpson’s plays have been widely produced throughout the US and Canada and include Additional Particulars, which won the 2000 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and the Backstage-West Garland Award for Playwritin ...

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The Battle of Shallowford was first staged in an early version by The Acorn Project at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on September 8, 1989. The play was later workshopped by Carnegie-Mellon University's Showcase of New Plays in July 1990. It was subsequently produced in a premiere production by the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre on August 8, 1990.

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