The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock

by  Catherine Trieschmann

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3m, 4f

Winner! L. Arnold Weissberger Award

"Trieschmann's script is excellent...several scenes approach transcendence." - Broward Palm Beach New Times

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The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock

by  Catherine Trieschmann

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 4f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre


    Fables/Folktales, Period
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • Monologues
    • Scene work
    • UIL Approved
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Set at the end of the Civil War in a town with split loyalties, this play weaves humor and mythology into a story about women who must find ways to keep hearth and home together in the absence of "full bodied" men. Focus is on the fracture that occurs in one family when a blind daughter is seduced by a Union raider with extraordinary storytelling abilities, much to the dismay of her staunchly Confederate mother.
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  • Winner! L. Arnold Weissberger Award


"Catherine Trieschmann's The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock celebrates the transportive, seductive power of storytelling even as the playwright spins her own tale of life in the North Carolina mountains at the ragged end of the Civil War." - The Miami Herald

"Trieschmann's script is excellent...several scenes approach transcendence." - Broward Palm Beach New Times


Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Outdoor


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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: American Civil War Era
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    Blowing Rock, North Carolina 1864-1865. The Farthing Porch - the front of a small, weathered log cabin; The Fields; The Cave; The Barn; The Church.

  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


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


3m, 4f
ELSA FARTHING - Mother; hard mountain woman.
LAUREL FARTHING - 20s; Daughter; born blind.
JACOB FARTHING - late 20s; second born son; ragged from war.
MAIZEY HOPEWELL - 20s; older sister; cheerful; pretty.
BITTY HOPEWELL - late teens; younger sister and charmer of snakes; tomboy.
PASTOR BURNS - 30s; man of lost faith.
THE BRIDEGROOM - 20s-30s; a Union raider and teller of stories.
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast



Catherine Trieschmann

Catherine Trieschmann’s plays include The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock, Crooked, How the World Began, Hot Georgia Sunday, The Most Deserving, Holy Laughter, OZ 2.5 and One House Over. Her work has been produced Off-Broadway at the Women’s Project, the Bush Theatre (London), Out of Joint at the Arcola Theatre (London), So ...

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The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock premiered at Florida Stage on January 31, 2009.

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