The Darkest Hour

by  Charles George

Short Play, Drama  /  3m, 2f

One of the most powerful stories ever condensed into a one act play. The Darkest Hour tells the story of young John Madison within four hours of his execution for murder. He has been found guilty on circumstantial evidence. He is innocent, but has no way of proving it, as appearances have b…

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The Darkest Hour

by  Charles George

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One of the most powerful stories ever condensed into a one act play. The Darkest Hour tells the story of young John Madison within four hours of his execution for murder. He has been found guilty on circumstantial evidence. He is innocent, but has no way of proving it, as appearances have been too strongly against him. His sorrowing mother comes to pay her last visit before the State exacts its toll. He reiterates his innocence and relates the entire circumstances to her in this heartbreaking tale.
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  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

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  • Setting: A cell in the death house in the State penitentiary at night.

Casting

3m, 2f

PRISON ATTENDANT - a big, burly gruff man of middle age.

WARDEN - a middle-aged man, large and portly. A humane and understanding nature.

JOHN MADISON - twenty-five years old. His face is ashen white, the picture of anguish and despair, as though he has endured great agony.

MRS. MADISON - the mother of JOHN. A small woman of about fifty, with a sweet, kind face that shows plainly great sorrow. She is stooped and bent with grief.

ELLEN MARTIN - about twenty-three years old. A sensitive, highly emotional and sympathetic character.

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