A Candle on the Table

by  Patricia Clapp

Short Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  4f

Three elderly women meet at a lunch table on their first day in a home for senior citizens. A candle placed there by the matron awakens different memories in each.

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A Candle on the Table

by  Patricia Clapp

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • UIL Approved
    • Competition or audition material

Additional Info

Three elderly women meet at a lunch table on their first day in a home for senior citizens. A candle placed there by the matron awakens different memories in each. To the frivolous, friendly ex-actress Maribeth Garrity, candles belong with champagne and flowers. To Miss Tolliver, a children's nursemaid, they speak of childhood poverty when candles gave the only light. To the aristocratic Mrs. Bramson, they mean the formal meals which only emphasized the emptiness of her life. The lunchtime conversation reveals some surprising aspects of the lives and personalities of the three women, and culminates in a friendship and an affirmative decision. Sensitively drawn characters, gentle humor, and a generous dash of truth.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: Dining room of a home for senior citizens.

Casting

4f
MRS. BRAMSON - an aristocrat
MRS. HODGES - matron of the house
MISS TOLLIVER - an ex-nursemaid
MRS. GARRITY - an ex-actress
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Cast Attributes

  • All Female

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Authors

Patricia Clapp

Patricia Clapp

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