The Curse of an Aching Heart or Trapped in the Spider's Web

by  Herbert Swayne

Short Play, Melodrama  /  4m, 7f

This modern treatment of an old melodrama will have folks hissing, booing and applauding. The sweet heroine is Melody Lane, a self educated and lovely orphan who falls into the hands of scoundrel Windermere Hightower. After Melody and the villain are married, he tells her that he expects her to carr…

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The Curse of an Aching Heart or Trapped in the Spider's Web

by  Herbert Swayne

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The Curse of an Aching Heart or Trapped in the Spider's Web

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 7f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

This modern treatment of an old melodrama will have folks hissing, booing and applauding. The sweet heroine is Melody Lane, a self educated and lovely orphan who falls into the hands of scoundrel Windermere Hightower. After Melody and the villain are married, he tells her that he expects her to carry out his criminal schemes. Revolted, she flees a wife in name only. Several months later she is at the None Such ranch where she falls in love with stalwart Lucius Goodenough. When Windermere appears at the ranch, Melody is appalled. He tries to force his attentions on her and Lucius knocks him down. For revenge, Winderemere steals money and plants it on Lucius. His dirty work is discovered and he is unmasked but he gets away and returns to the ranch disguised as a peddler. And once again the virtuous heroine is rescued by guess who?
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Keywords

Love, Marriage

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Wild West
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The ranch house of the "None Such" ranch, located somewhere in the Southwest.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

4m, 7f
MELODY LANE - Our heroine, who will run through your heart like a song.
LUCIUS GOODENOUGH - He is the manly bosom, who always manages to arrive in the nick of time.
WINDMERE HIGHTOWER - Schemer and arch-villain, who has had to have his ears rounded so that he won't resemble a wolf.
HIRAM ABERNATHY - With a heart of gold, who runs the "None Such" ranch.
SARAH ABERNATHY - His devoted wife.
AURELIA ABERNATHY - Their attractive young daughter.
RED WING - A girl employed on the ranch.
BATTLE AXE ANNIE - The local sheriff.
NELLIE BLYTHE - An important visitor from nearby Four Corners.
MURIEL ATKINS - Who covers up her real identity. 
AN UNEXPECTED MALE ARRIVAL


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Herbert Swayne

Herbert Swayne

The Curse of an Aching Heart; or Trapped in the Spider’s Web! premiered at The Little Theatre in 1982 and was directed by Gerald Gutierrez.

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