The Palooka

by  Tennessee Williams

10 Minute Play, Drama  /  3m

Part of the collection Mister Paradise and Other One Act Plays

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m
  • Duration

    Duration

    10 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

While waiting for their turns in the ring, an old boxer reminisces with a young boxer about his glory days. The young boxer asks the "palooka" about the boxer Galveston Joe, but it's not until the older boxer is on his way to fight that he realizes that he is Galveston Joe.

Part of the collection Mister Paradise and Other One Act Plays

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Keywords

Memory, Sports

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: The dressing room of a boxing arena.
  • Additional Features: No intermission

Casting

3m
THE PALOOKA
THE TRAINER
THE KID
THE PROMOTER
ANOTHER OLD BOXER
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Cast Attributes

  • All Male
  • Expandable casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

In previous productions THE PROMOTER and ANOTEHR OLD BOXER were performed as offstage voices.

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Authors

Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) explores passion with daring honesty, and forged a poetic theatre of raw psychological insight that shattered conventional proprieties and transformed the American stage. The autobiographical The Glass Menagerie brought what Mr. Williams called “the catastrophe of success,” a success capp ...

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The Palooka premiered at the Hartford Stage Company in Hartford, CT in October 2003 under the direction of Michael Wilson.

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