Shadow Hour

by  Ralph Tropf

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 8f

"Provocative and suspenseful." - LA Weekly
"Crackling with genuine sexual energy." - Los Angeles Times

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Shadow Hour

by  Ralph Tropf

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 8f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

This is a courtroom drama for eight women and four men. A young woman has accused a United States senator of sexual assault. The jury finds itself sharply divided. As they debate the evidence, flashbacks to the courtroom show how each juror has interpreted the testimony differently. Flashbacks to the events as they happened show that the witnesses in the trial interpret what happened differently. The truth, it seems, is lost in shadows. Shadow Hour is a contemporary story that gives each cast member the opportunity to play two parts. Many roles are ideal for older actresses.
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Reviews

"Provocative and suspenseful." - LA Weekly

"Crackling with genuine sexual energy." - Los Angeles Times

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The action takes place in and around Washington, DC, and Arlington, VA. There are scenes in a jury room, a courtroom, offices and apartments. This requires a unit set for multiple locations
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • 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

4m, 8f
RICHARD BARNES / SENATOR ADAM MARTIN
JULIA ROLLINS / CHRISTY CONNELLY
ELLEN FRANCES / JUDG EVELYN VERNON
JOE ALBERT / PROSECUTING ATTORNEY JAMES COTE
BETTY BEADE / DEFENSE ATTORNEY LESLIE WALKER
TERESE SHIPPEN / SUSAN CLOVER
RACHEL OWENS / VERONIC KRUPS
BRENDA SWIFT / DETECTIVE ELIZABETH BROWNLEE
TOM DRYALL / BAILIFF
TIMOTHY "SKRAG" SULLEN / CATERER
CORALEE LEIGHTON
BLAIR DEVERAUX / HELEN (waitress)
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Expandable casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

Each actor except one created two characters, a member of the jury and a participant in the trial. Many roles are suitable for older actresses.

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Authors

Ralph Tropf

Ralph Tropf holds an MFA in Playwrighting and has completed 13 full-length scripts. His plays The Hourglass and Squid and Fishy were each produced while he was in graduate school and each won awards from the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival.

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Shadow Hour was first presented by The All Roses Company at the Stella Adler Theatre in Los Angeles, California, in 1998.

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