Patterns

by  James Reach, Rod Serling

Full Length Play, Drama  /  7m, 6f

This play is principally concerned with the struggles of an idealistic young executive to resist the corrosive pressures of the world of the giant corporations. Fred Staples has been brought into Ramsey and Company by its efficient, tough and predatory president, who is grooming him for one of the t…

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 6f
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

This play is principally concerned with the struggles of an idealistic young executive to resist the corrosive pressures of the world of the giant corporations. Fred Staples has been brought into Ramsey and Company by its efficient, tough and predatory president, who is grooming him for one of the top spots, but he rebels when he learns Ramsey has all along been preparing him to replace Andy Sloane. Sloane is old and ill, and Ramsey has been carrying out a cold-blooded campaign to force his resignation. Sloane is stricken by a heart attack and dies. It is then that Staples storms into Ramsey's office for the showdown.
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Keywords

Betrayal, Business

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Setting: The executive wing of the offices of Ramsey and Company.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

7m, 6f

MISS STEVENS - in her mid-twenties, very chic and well-poised.
MISS LANIER - a woman in her forties, smartly but conservatively dressed, icily efficient.
SMITH - a thin, worried-looking man of about forty.
GORDON - a well-dressed man in his late thirties with a salesman's personality.
ANN - a pretty girl of nineteen, the carefree, talkative type.
JAMESON - an executive in his forties.
MARGE - a woman of about thirty, the typical professional secretary ties to one oman by a hond of innate loyalty, habit and deep-rooted affection that is as sexless as the woman herself.
RAMSEY - a man in his early sixties; he is tough, icy, predatory but honest.
SLOANE - a battered, dying, yet strangely resilient kind of man in his late sixties.
FRED - a good-looking young man in his early thirties; he is intelligent and dynamic, though extremely sensitive.
FRAN - in her late twenties, well-groomed, an attractive, hungering kind of woman whose appetite is that of the competitive American wife; a very aware person.
MISS HILL - a young woman in her twenties, an efficient looking career girl type.
PAUL - a nice-looking, clean-cut boy of fourteen.

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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

James Reach

James Reach

Rod Serling

Rod Serling

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