Necktie Breakfast

by  Bill Nave

Full Length Play, Drama  /  16m or f

NOTICE: Please be advised, this title is from the Samuel French Vault and is made from a scan of an archived manuscript. We hope you’ll treasure this glimpse into theatre history.

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Necktie Breakfast

by  Bill Nave

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Produced twice to acclaim at New York's 29th Street Rep, this riveting piece is set around the last public execution in the United States, the 1936 hanging of a black man for the rape and murder of an elderly white woman in Kentucky. The mayor, surprisingly for this time and place, is a woman. She was reluctantly thrust into office after her husband's sudden death and now must preside over the execution, even as she takes a stand against hypocrites, including those in her own family.
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"A ferocious, fascinating slice of dark American history." - Back Stage

"Nave takes a fictional rather than a straight documentary approach, allowing him ... to emphasize the most disturbing elements of the event, and best of all, to structure the play with fluid movement across time." - Village Voice


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