Clara and the Gambler

by  Jason Milligan

Short Play, Comedy  /  1m, 1f

Published in Cross Country: Seven More One Act Plays.

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Clara and the Gambler

by  Jason Milligan

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration


    30 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

A send up of silent screen westerns, this wacky comedy takes place in a room above the saloon where Clara is packing for her honeymoon. A stranger interrupts to tell her he has won her in a poker game. They fight and might fall for each other, but not before they realize they are victims of an inventive scam. An optional third character can add a silent screen era touch by flipping through title cards complimenting the action.

Published in Cross Country: Seven More One Act Plays.

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Performing Groups

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


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License details

  • Minimum Fee: $55 per performance



  • Time Period: Wild West
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: The Old West. A bedroom above a saloon.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


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


1m, 1f
CLARA - a young bride in the Old West.
THE GAMBLER - a larger-than-life fellow.
NARRATOR (optional) - changes title cards as the story progresses.
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Cast Attributes

  • Expandable casting

Casting Notes

Please note that there is a "Narrator" role which is optional. In the original production, the play was presented as a two-character piece, skipping the freezes and references to the Narrator. In the second New York production, the Narrator was added to give the piece more of a "silent movie" feel. If you are presenting the play with the Narrator, please be aware that the title cards called for in the script must be created for the production and they should be appropriately themed to evoke a period feel.


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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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CLARA AND THE GAMBLER was originally produced by Silver Lining Productions at the Sanford Meisner Theatre in New York on April 20, 1988 under the direction of Stefanie Milligan.

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