Kingdom of Earth (Short Play)

by  Tennessee Williams

Short Play, Drama  /  3m, 2f

"A man and his life both got to be made out of the same stuff or one or the other will break, and the one that breaks won't be life."

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Kingdom of Earth (Short Play)

by  Tennessee Williams

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes

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"A man and his life both got to be made out of the same stuff or one or the other will break, and the one that breaks won't be life."

A flood is surging in the Mississippi Delta, and Chicken's property is only safe until ole man Sikes down the road dynamites his levee to save himself. While Chicken waits alone in his kitchen for the inevitable blast, he receives an unexpected visit from his dying half-brother, Lot, and Lot's wife of but one day, Myrtle. Leaving Lot upstairs to rest, Chicken assesses Myrtle as a potential threat to his inheritance of the estate, currently under Lot's name. Chicken and Myrtle find common ground but not even footing in their similar experiences of the inescapable hardness of the world – two "lost, sinful, puzzled" souls falling into a familiar power dynamic and bracing themselves as the waters rise.

A part of the collection The Magic Tower and Other One-Act Plays.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: A Mississipi Delta farmhouse.

Casting

3m, 2f
CHICKEN
MYRTLE
LOT
TWO OFFSTAGE VOICES
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Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) explores passion with daring honesty, and forged a poetic theatre of raw psychological insight that shattered conventional proprieties and transformed the American stage. The autobiographical The Glass Menagerie brought what Mr. Williams called “the catastrophe of success,” a success capp ...

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