Spit in Yazoo City

by  Jason Milligan

Short Play, Comedy  /  3m, 1f, 1boy(s)

In Yazoo City, Mississippi in 1945, Army Recruiting Officer William Blane's dull routine of lousy dart throwing is interrupted by a handful of unexpected black visitors, one of which is a ten year old boy named Spit who rushes in looking for his missing brother Buck, who's gone off to the war. Published in Southern Exposures: Five Plays About Life in the South.

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Spit in Yazoo City

by  Jason Milligan

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 1f, 1boy(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

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

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

In Yazoo City, Mississippi in 1945, Army Recruiting Officer William Blane's dull routine of lousy dart throwing is interrupted by a handful of unexpected visitors, one of which is a ten year old boy named Spit who rushes in looking for his missing brother Buck, who's gone off to the war. Blane discovers that Spit is an only child and has created this story to run away from home. The two form a friendship in which Blane steps forward as a role model for the young boy and Spit teaches Blane, among other things, how to hit a bull's eye.

Published in Southern Exposures: Five Plays About Life in the South.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
    $75 with other plays in collection

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: A small recruiting station in Yazoo City, Mississippi. Late afternoon, 1945.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

3m, 1f, 1boy(s)

BLANE - a recruiting officer.
PEARSON - 20s; a new recruit, big farm-boy type.
SPIT - 10-12; a feisty young boy.
SENTRY - 20s; a gangly young man.
THE WOMAN - 30s; Spit's mother; beautiful and polished.

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Cast Attributes

  • Features Children
  • Roles for Children
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

This play features a great part for a spunky boy, age 10 - 12.

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Authors

Jason Milligan

Jason Milligan's many stage plays have been performed in numerous productions across the United States, as well as in Canada and Europe. Thirty-seven of his plays are now published by Samuel French Inc., including ...And Then the Rain Came to Mayfield; Cross Country; New York Stories; Southern Exposures; The Prettiest ...

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SPIT IN YAZOO CITY was originally produced by Silver Lining Productions at the Sanford Meisner Theatre in New York City on December 14, 1989 under the direction of Stephanie Klapper. The Production Stage Manager was Sanja Kabalin.

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