Post Road

by  Wilbur Daniel Steele, Norma Mitchel

Full Length Play  /  7m, 8f

"A shrewd and exciting melodrama." - The New York Sun

Emily Madison accommodates guests in her ancestral home. One evening, a dignified doctor asks for shelter for himself, his patient, her nurse and a chauffeur. In the morning there's an added visitor, an infant. Emily believes she's housing kidnappers…

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    Cast Size

    7m, 8f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller

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Emily Madison accommodates guests in her ancestral home. One evening, a dignified doctor asks for shelter for himself, his patient, her nurse and a chauffeur. In the morning there's an added visitor, an infant. Emily believes she's housing kidnappers and a kidnapped babe. She keeps her surmise to herself and sets about to foil them until everything ends in a tumult with the state police shooting their way in.
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Reviews

"A shrewd and exciting melodrama." - The New York Sun

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  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, 1930s
  • Setting: The living room of Emily Madison's home in Connecticut. October.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, 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

7m, 8f

GEORGE PREBLE - an insignificant little man in his late 40s.
MAY MADISON PREBLE - a little younger than George and inclined to be fussy.
WESLEY CARTWRIGHT - a middle-aged, sanctimonious clergyman.
BILL - a brusque, good-looking young man of twenty-seven.
CELIA - pretty, young, gushy and giggly.
EMILY MADISON - a quizzical Connecticut spinster of middle age.
JEEBY CASHLER - a husky young girl.
DR. SPENDER - a well set up doctor of about 50.
NURSE MARTIN - a typical, efficient woman of her kind. Age 35.
THE GIRL - a pretty, very young girl. Her face is contorted when she first appears. Her subsequent manner is mixed with sullenness and fleeting bravado.
MATT - a good-looking chauffeur of the common type.
VIRGIL BEMIS - a handsome, dashing young State Trooper. Age 28.
JAY - a state trooper.
MRS. CASHLER - a thin-faced, middle-aged woman.
MRS. CANBY - a middle-aged woman. Rather buxom.

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Authors

Wilbur Daniel Steele

Wilbur Daniel Steele

Norma Mitchel

Norma Mitchel

Post Road was first presented at the Masque Theatre in New York. It was directed by H.C. Porter.

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