East Texas Hot Links

by  Eugene Lee

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  7m, 1f

"Detonates as neatly as a time bomb." - New York Post

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East Texas Hot Links

by  Eugene Lee

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

It's summer, 1955, in the piney woods of East Texas where local men wander into Charlesetta's Top o' the Hill Cafe almost every night for comfort, solace and companionship. Times are changing, the Klan is active and young black men have been disappearing or turning up dead. This night, Delmus wants to celebrate getting a new job but the other regulars are skeptical. They try to warn him as they joke, feed the jukebox and play cards until betrayal catches all of them and life at Top o' the Hill is changed forever.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Detonates as neatly as a time bomb." - New York Post 

"The racism that isolates Charlesetta's Cafe in this hard-driving drama is strongly linked to racist attitudes reflected in today's headlines." - The Los Angeles Times, Read More 

"Lee knows how to write for actors...East Texas Hot Links [is] hardly a weak drama..." - The New York Times, Read More 

"Fueled by a power of language and storytelling to rival August Wilson's...there's not a weak link in East Texas Hot Links, a burning tribute to simple courage. - Chicago Tribune, Read More 

Keywords

Black issues

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: East Texas, 1955. Early summer.
  • Additional Features: No intermission

Casting

7m, 1f
ROY MOORE - 35 years old. Fancies himself a ladies man. He was a basketball star in high school. He led the team to a state championship in the days before they let colored and white compete against each other. Now he owns a truck and hauls hay in the summer... "what little there is to haul." He'd chase a piece of pussy into hell. Was probably a virgin until he was twenty-two or three. Roy works for the school system now in maintenance during the school year and some in the summer. Never misses a basketball game or a team practice. Love starved. 
XL DANCER - 33 years old. XL is employed by the Ebert Construction Company working on the new interstate highway being built. A greedy man.
CHARLESETTA SIMPKINS - 38 years old. Owner/operator of the Top o' the Hill Cafe. 
COLUMBUS FRYE - 49 years old. A soft spoken even-keeled man. His mother ran liquor during prohibition and saved a lot of money which she invested in houses (real estate). These rent houses are now his job. He learned basic plumbing and electrical and carpenter skills, but mostly he hires men from the town to make repairs and keep the lawns mowed etc. He can usually be counted on for a beer and an occasional day's work. His renters often leave envelopes of cash with their rent, or partial payments at the bar with Charlesetta. They feed off of him.
ADOLPH - 58 years old plus. Blind. An old sage. Self-taught. Does day labor work for individuals around town. A disabled veteran. Spends most of his time and money in the Top o' the Hill Cafe. A nourished spirit. 
DELMUS GREEN - 22 years old. The youngblood. Not quite ripe for picking. 
BOOCHIE REED - A gambler and reader of cards and palms.
BUCKSHOT - aka "Titty Baby." 40 or so. A man for whom life is simple.
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Cast Attributes

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Authors

Eugene Lee

Eugene Lee

East Texas Hot Links was first produced by Black Dog Productions in association with the Met Theatre in Hollywood, CA in August 1991 under the direction of Ed DeShae.

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