The Little Dog Laughed

by  Ken Tarpley, Vera Tarpley

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5m, 10f

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing - especially in the hands of a budding psychoanalyst! Laurie Huntington is nineteen, bright, and impersonally scientific. Her family has its faults, but Laurie can analyze them - to death! She's turned the house into an experimental maze...

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The Little Dog Laughed

by  Ken Tarpley Vera Tarpley

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 10f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing - especially in the hands of a budding psychoanalyst! Laurie Huntington is nineteen, bright, and impersonally scientific. Her family has its faults, but Laurie can analyze them - to death! She's turned the house into an experimental maze. When Laurie administers one of her ink blot tests to her mother's friends who are important to her father's getting a much needed bank loan, matters explode!
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Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: The front entrance and living-dining room of the Huntington home in one of America's smaller cities. It is early June of the present year. 
  • 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

5m, 10f
LAURIE HUNTINGTON - a sophomore, home from college.
SIDNEY HUNTINGTON - her father, normally jocular. 
MARTHA HUNTINGTON - her mother, charming but anxious. 
WALLY HUNTINGTON - her brother, content with the world. 
MISS ("GUS") GUSTAVESKY - Martha's part-time helper. 
JOAN WOOD - Wally's one-and-only, 16. 
TED WOOD - her father and Sid's competitor in used cars. 
LILLIAN WOOD - Joan's culture-conscious mother. 
MARK BRADFORD - Joan's cousin and a medical student. 
HORATIO P. HONEYWELL - bird bancier and taxidermist. 

GUESTS AT MARTHA'S TEA (in Act II only):
AMELIA DENNIS - a catty kibitzer. 
CAROLINE BLAKESLY - a foolish matron. 
GRACE SHOENBECK - wife of the department store owner. 
WALOLA BRECKENRIDGE - wife of the bank president.
THERESE BROWN - Walola's maiden sister. 
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Ken Tarpley

Ken Tarpley

Vera Tarpley

Vera Tarpley

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