The Eden Echo

by  Ruth Angell Purkey

Short Play, Comedy  /  1m, 4f

An avenging creator has stricken the male sex from the face of the earth. In this world without men, two whimsical old ladies bemoan their boring, unromantic universe. But the lovely granddaughter of one domineering matriarch, in her search through the forest for a ground-hog, has unearthed the last surviving man.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 4f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • UIL Approved
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

An avenging creator has stricken the male sex from the face of the earth. In this world without men, two whimsical old ladies bemoan their boring, unromantic universe. But the lovely granddaughter of one domineering matriarch, in her search through the forest for a ground-hog, has unearthed the last surviving man, hidden away in a cave in suspended animation. The dilemma of the only man in a woman's world creates a suspenseful comedy, tinged with a bit of poignancy, and we are left with a charming, delightful echo of another place and time.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: The Future
  • Setting: A garden terrace. The only pieces of furniture are a small white tea table and four black chairs down right of center. At the extreme down left is the stump of a tree, also black. All of the props used are imaginary.
  • 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)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

1m, 4f

THEDOSIA - A very eccentric old lady, dressed in rather peculiar clothes.  She mimes flourishing a lorgnette whth exaggerated drama.
LAVINIA - Also old and odd.  She too wears slightly zany apparel.  She is tall and thin and somewhat fluttery.
GWENDOLYN - Older than the other two and distinctly masculine in bearing.  Her clothing's lunatic quality possesses a certain harsh primness, contrasing with the femine giddines of Theodosia's and Lavinia's garments.
ARABELLA - Young, beautiful and refreshingly innocent, with a rather hauntingly poignant approach to life.
THE GROUND HOG - A male animal.

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Ruth Angell Purkey

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