Early Frost

by  Douglass Parkhirst

Short Play, Drama  /  5f

First presented on NBC. A tender yet gripping story of two sisters, Hannah and Louise, who live in an old house.

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First presented on NBC. A tender yet gripping story of two sisters, Hannah and Louise, who live in an old house. Hannah has been considered peculiar ever since childhood, when a missing playmate was believed carried off by gypsies. When Alice, the sisters' niece, comes to live with them, Hannah insists that she is the missing child. While playing in the attic, Alice is visited by a strange illusion, which almost leads her to solve the mystery of fifty years ago. Hannah, fearing her long guarded secret will be discovered, tries to silence the girl. It is this tense cat and mouse game between the two that brings the play to a startling climax and affords the actors an opportunity for skillful playing, while holding the audience spellbound.

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  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

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  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Setting: A gloomy, shadow attic.

Casting

5f
LOUISE - a warm, pleasant, attractive woman of sixty
HANNAH - her sister, somewhat older
ALICE
- a sensitive, pretty twelve-year-old
LYDIA
- fragile, very pale, extremely pretty -- also twelve
MRS. CLAYTON
- a young, sympathetic social worker
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  • All Female

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Authors

Douglass Parkhirst

Douglass Parkhirst

Premiered on NBC Television Network in May 1952.

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