Mrs. Townley Had a Pomeranian

by  Mark Dunn

Short Play, Drama  /  1m, 1f

After a horrific bus crash kills most of a small Methodist congregation, Maddie Weathers and fellow suriving church member Doyle Kenny begin to hear a disembodied soprano voice singing hauntingly in the sancutary. A play about profound loss, tested faith, and the definition of God.

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Mrs. Townley Had a Pomeranian

by  Mark Dunn

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Faith-based
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

After a horrific bus crash kills most of a small Methodist congregation, Maddie Weathers is contacting grieving families and friends to be sure orphaned pets are being cared for. She and a fellow surviving church member who, like her, is wrestling with his faith, begin to hear a disembodied soprano voice singing hauntingly in the sanctuary. This play about profound loss, tested faith and the definition of God is by the popular author of Belles, Five Tellers Dancing in the Rain, and other plays.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: The play is set in the present in the summer. It takes place in the administrative office of the Bible Methodist Church in a nameless town in the American South. The town is located in close proximity to mountains: perhaps the Ozarks of the Great Smokies.
  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

1m, 1f
MADDIE WEATHERS - 35
DOYLE KENNY - around the same age
FEMALE SINGER - offstage, "with a beautiful voice
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Ostensibly a two character play, Mrs. Townley Had a Pomeranian offers the opportunity for live offstage performance by a female singer, should that be preferable to having vocal music recorded.

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Authors

Mark Dunn

Mark Dunn is the author of over thirty full-length plays, with two of his one-acts and eleven of his full-lengths published in acting edition by Samuel French, Inc. His award-winning plays BELLES, FIVE TELLERS DANCING IN THE RAIN, NORTH FORK: A TEXAS TRAGICOMEDY and A DELIGHTFUL QUARANTINE have together been produced ...

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Mrs. Townley Had a Pomeranian was wonce part of a larger work, I Hate to Go and Leave This Pretty Sight: Three Short Plays About Saying Goodbye. The work was the winner of the 1996 Hudson River Classics Annual Playwriting Competition.

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