The Case of the Crushed Petunias

by  Tennessee Williams

Short Play, Comedy  /  2m, 2f

Miss Dorothy Simple, proprietor of the Simple Notions Shop in Primanproper, Mass., has barricaded her house and heart behind a double row of petunias. 

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The Case of the Crushed Petunias

by  Tennessee Williams

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Miss Dorothy Simple, proprietor of the Simple Notions Shop in Primanproper, Mass., has barricaded her house and heart behind a double row of petunias. Today, however, she has woken up to find every single petunia crushed by the footprints of a size-eleven-D shoe. When the perpetrator, a Young Man, arrives to confess his crime, he comes on a mission to alert Miss Dorothy to the "miraculous accident of being alive." Armed with poetry, seeds for wild roses, and a business card from "LIFE, INCORPORATED," the Young Man endeavors to convince Miss Dorothy of the tremendous inspiration that lies beyond what one can buy or sell in a shop with four walls.

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

  • Licensing available for professional groups only. Some restrictions apply.

Production

Details

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: The Simple Notions Shop in Primaproper, Massachusetts.

Casting

2m, 2f
DOROTHY SIMPLE
POLICE OFFICER
YOUNG MAN
MRS. DULL
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Authors

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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The Case of the Crushed Petunias premiered at the Karamu Theatre in Cleveland, OH in February 1957 under the direction of Reuben Silver.

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