Shoes

by  Jason Milligan

Short Play, Drama  /  3m

When two brothers come face to face with a strange shoeless visitor who can barely speak English they must overcome their differing opinions and decide how best to help him, bringing the siblings together on a touching, personal level. Published in New York Stories: Five Plays About Life in New York.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Jim struggles to run a failing diner in a bad neighborhood. His brother drops by once a week to give him a hard time. On one such visit, they come face to face with a strange shoeless visitor who can barely speak English. Is he a bum? A homeless man? Is he lost? Was he mugged? A searing conflict over how to help the mysterious visitor brings the brothers together on a touching, personal level and they realize just how important family is.

Published in New York Stories: Five Plays About Life in New York.

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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

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: A small diner. Downtown in a large metropolitan city. Six a.m. on a Monday morning in the present. The dead of winter.
  • 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

JIM - owner of the diner.
TONY - his brother
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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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SHOES was originally produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville on May 29, 1984, under the direction of Robert Spera. The set was designed by Sandra Strawn and the production stage manager was Chip Washabaugh.

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