Willy Wallace Chats . . . With the Kids

by  Jason Milligan

Short Play, Drama  /  3m, 2f

Willy Wallace is a kindly, middle aged gentleman who spends his time on the porch of his small home in rural Mississippi carving wooden birds. One afternoon, three college kids wander up. They are conducting a survey on race relations in the Southern school system and when awful truths about Willy's past are brought up, Willy attempts to teach a lesson he painfully learned: violence and hate do good to no man. Published in Southern Exposures: Five Plays About Life in the South.

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Willy Wallace Chats . . . With the Kids

by  Jason Milligan

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Willy Wallace is a kindly, middle aged gentleman who spends his time on the porch of his small home in rural Mississippi carving wooden birds. One afternoon, three college kids wander up. They are conducting a survey on race relations in the Southern school system. Willy claims that he has nothing to say, but the truth slowly comes out: years ago Willy was a violent Ku Klux Klan member. His activities brought disaster to one of the student's family and he is seeking revenge. Willy attempts to teach a lesson he painfully learned: violence and hate do good to no man.

Published in Southern Exposures: Five Plays About Life in the South.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1990s
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: Willy's front porch. An old wooden one-story house in Lafayette County, Mississippi. Late one cool fall afternoon.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

3m, 2f

SALLIE - 19; a pretty Southern sorrority girl.
JOHN - 21; a loner with dark, brooding eyes.
ED - 20; running for student council president; wants to marry Sallie one day.
WILLY - 50s; a gentle man who spends his spare time carving wooden birds on the front porch of his small wooden frame house in Mississippi.
NINA - 5 -7; Willy's daughter.

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Roles for Children
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Jason Milligan

Jason Milligan's many stage plays have been performed in numerous productions across the United States, as well as in Canada and Europe. Thirty-seven of his plays are now published by Samuel French Inc., including ...And Then the Rain Came to Mayfield; Cross Country; New York Stories; Southern Exposures; The Prettiest ...

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WILLY WALLACE CHATS...WITH THE KIDS was originally produced by Silver Lining Productions at the Sanford Meisner Theatre in New York City on December 14, 1988, under the direction of Stefanie Milligan. The Production Stage Manager was Sanja Kabalin and original music was arranged and performed by Nate Ouderkirk at Small World Studios. Willy's birds were created for the production by Warren Silvernail.

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