by  Barbara L. Smith

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3m, 2f

Winner! New England New Play Competition and Festival.

"Very funny." - Martha's Vineyard Times.

"Humorous and humane." - Greenwich News.

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    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration


    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre


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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Senior

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Butterscotch is a candy yellow 1947 Ford at the center of an unlikely friendship between a New York restaurant critic and a man who loves roadside diners. The critic has come to a small Pennsylvania town to persuade his fiancee's father to attend their wedding in New York. The bride, a news correspondent off on assignment, has not even told her cantankerous, ailing father she is getting married. Adding to the bucolic fray are an elderly neighbor who has her fading eyesight on the widowed father, dad's hunting buddy and a nervous ex-New Yorker whose condo ruined a favorite hunting spot. Father and future son in law share only a dislike for each other, but the vintage car brings about a surprising end to a seemingly hopeless impasse.
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  • Winner! New England New Play Competition and Festival.


"Very funny." - Martha's Vineyard Times.

"Humorous and humane." - Greenwich News. 

"I can't believe I never heard of this play before ....It's the kind of show where people laugh their heads off, and then shed a few tears."  -  Cedar Valley (Iowa) Courier

Celebrity quotes:

"Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read 'Butterscotch.' I had a lovely afternood going through it." - Donald Sutherland

"I am interested in performing the role of 'Emery' in the television, feature film or stage production." - Ed Asner


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


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License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, 1990s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: Small town in Central Pennsylvania; interior: modest home of widower Emery Baer; exterior: hunting grounds outside of town (stage front will serve as that scene); interior of Butterscotch, the car (two chairs will do)
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


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


3m, 2f

LINCOLN PRICE - 40's, New York restaurant critic
EMERY BAER - mid-70's, a rural, unpretentious senior
ROSE "PENDY" PENDERGRASS - also 70-ish, Emery's loveable neighbor
BOB SILER - about 40, friend of Emery's
MITZI KELLER - 30's, another New Yorker

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

male - mid-seventies

male - mid-forties

male - about forty

female - mid-seventies

female - early thirties


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Barbara L. Smith

Barbara L. Smith has been writing drama for most of her adult life, both stage plays and screenplays. Since publication, her play Butterscotch has been produced widely across the country. It has received numerous awards, includin ...

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1994: First produced by the Theatre Artists Workshop of Westport, CT.

1996: First New York City production at Pulse Ensemble Theatre. 

Recent productions: Waterloo (Iowa) Community Playhouse (March 2012); Apple Hill Playhouse, Delmont, PA, May-June 2011; Opera House Theatre, Philipsburg, MT; Summer season 2009, June through September, 22 performances.

Optioned for TV movie with commitments from James Garner and CBS. Productions in New York City, Texas, Montana, California, Louisiana, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Iowa, Pennsylvania.

First place winner of New England New Play Competition sponsored by Vineyard Playhouse on Martha's Vineyard (also production). Production at Pulse Ensemble Theatre, New York City; Westport (CT) Arts Center; Staged readings: Maxwell Anderson Playwrights Series, Greenwich, CT; Emelin Theatre, Mamaroneck, NY. Semi-finalist in Clauder Competition (recognized at Hasty Pudding theatre, Cambridge, Mass.).

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