The Rattlesnake's Kiss

by  Jethro Compton

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 1f

A one act play from The Frontier Trilogy of plays from the Wild West

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The Rattlesnake's Kiss

by  Jethro Compton

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 1f
  • Duration


    60 minutes (1 hour)
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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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Hidden deep in the dust of the American West, the outlaw comes face to face with the lawman in search of justice. His life of murder is far behind, but can he ever escape the man he was born to become?

Part of The Frontier Trilogy: three one act plays with the all the drama, atmosphere and exctiement of the Old West. The plays can each be performed seperately, or together as part of the complete trilogy.

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"Tense and’s satisfying to drink in the whisky-soaked ambience." - Time Out Edinburgh 


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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance



  • Time Period: Wild West
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: The Chapel of Emmanuel, North of Canyon Falls, America, Summer 1866 & Granja de Cerdos and La Meurte Negro, Northern Mexico, Summer 1851
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


3m, 1f
FATHER MANOAH – The priest at The Chapel of Emmanuel. 30-40. A noble and religious man, to be respected and feared. 
US MARSHALL – A lawman from Texas. 25-30. A young gunslinger, theatrical in his demeanour, steady and confident.
ELENA – Leon’s former concubine, Mason’s wife. 20-25. She is brave, fearless and kind-hearted.
SILAS – A Veneno Gang member. 25-40. He is cruel, poorly educated, and disturbing to watch. 
JACK MASON – Former right hand man in the Veneno Gang. 20-25. He is the epitome of the dangerous yet remorseful gunslinger. 
THEODORE LEON – Head of the Veneno Gang. 40-50. He is violent and bloodthirsty, but constantly level-headed. He is theatrical, deceitful and takes great pleasure in other’s pain.
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

Casting Notes

THEODORE LEON and SILAS can be performed by the same actor.
FATHER MANOAH and JACK MASON must be performed by the same actor.



Jethro Compton

Jethro Compton is a writer, director and independent theatre producer. His most notable production is the stage adaptation of the classic Western, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. His most recent theatre work includes, Blood Red Moon, The Clock Strikes Noon and The Rattlesnake's Kiss, three original Western plays ...

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The Rattlesnake's Kiss premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in August 2015 under the direction of Jethro Compton.

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