Fashion (One-Act)

by  Aurand Harris, Anna Cora Mowatt

Short Play, Melodrama  /  5m, 4f

One of the most popular plays of early American theatre now adapted for one-act play use. This classic contrasts the foibles of New York society and its garish imitation of foreign manners with sterling rural types like Adam Trueman.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • UIL Approved
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

Opening in 1845 to immediate critical and financial success, Mowatt's play is a satire of America's obsession with highbrow taste and cultural distinction. Fashion was a big hit for actress-turned-playwright Anna Cora Mowatt and has since been cited as the best American comedy of the 19th century.

One of the most popular plays of early American theatre now adapted for one-act play use. This classic contrasts the foibles of New York society and its garish imitation of foreign manners with the true Americanism of sterling rural types like Adam Trueman. The goodness and unabashed patriotism of this old farmer from Catteraugus prevail in the end against the pretension of Mrs. Tiffany - a lady who believes herself fashionable - and the schemes of a bogus Count who is finally exposed as a fortune-hunter. Melodrama, farce and sentiment combine to make a one-act of wit and charm.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $55 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: New York City
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • 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

5m, 4f
ADAM TRUEMAN - A farmer from Catteraugus
COUNT JOLIMITRE - A fashionable European Importation
MR. TIFFANY - A New York Merchant
SNOBSON -  A rare species of Confidential Clerk
MRS. TIFFANY - A Lady who imagines herself fashionable
SERAPHINA - Her daughter, a Belle
GERTRUDE - A Governess
MILLINETTE - A  French Lady's Maid
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Authors

Aurand Harris

Aurand Harris

Anna Cora  Mowatt

Anna Cora Mowatt

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