The Prettiest Girl in Lafayette County

by  Jason Milligan

Short Play, Comedy  /  1m, 1f

Misty is setting up a display of St. Patrick’s Day cards in her shop in a small town in Mississippi when a young man saunters in to buy a Valentine.

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The Prettiest Girl in Lafayette County

by  Jason Milligan

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Misty is setting up a display of St. Patrick’s Day cards in her shop in a small town in Mississippi when a young man saunters in to buy a Valentine. Since it is the day after Valentine’s Day, they are half-price. He chooses a card and presents it to the abashed girl. 

Published in Off-Off Broadway Festival Plays, 12th Series.

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Accolades

  • Winner! Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival

Reviews

 "A very impressive piece of writing, simple, clevery-written and lean: a love story containing conflict and resolution." - Back Stage

Keywords

Betrayal, Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • 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 card shop in Lafayette County, Mississippi. The day after Valentine's Day.
  • 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

1m, 1f

MISTY - 20s; she is "the prettiest girl in Lafayette County." Very charming, very Southern, very sweet. But don't get her mad.
JAMES - 20s; the softball star, if there is such a thing. He is a rather unrefined but well-intentioned "country boy," who, as he says, has tried to "clean himself up for this occasion." The rough edges still show. The shirt and tie don't match, but James thinks they do. Essentially, he's a nice guy, good-looking, quite a charmer.

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Cast Attributes

  • 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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The play was originally produced by the Cab Theatre Company Inc. as part of their one-act series, "Women at the Wheel" at Our Studios in New York City on January 15, 1987 under the direction of Joann Carollo.

The play was subsequently produced by the Cab Theatre Company Inc. as part of the Double Image Theatre's 12th Annual Short Play Festival at the Harold Clurman Theatre in New York on May 8 and 10, 1987.

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