A Texas Romance

by  Ellsworth Schave

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  1m, 2f

Daisy Wilson lives in a small Texas town, a widow since her philandering husband was shot by his mistress an action with which she has some sympathy. In 1928 romance reenters her life when she finds Garland Steinholden in the front yard awaiting permission to call on her despite her older sister's c…

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A Texas Romance

by  Ellsworth Schave

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

 Daisy Wilson lives in a small Texas town, a widow since her philandering husband was shot by his mistress—an action with which she has some sympathy. It’s 1928, and romance reenters Daisy’s life when she finds Garland Steinholden in the front yard awaiting permission to call on her, despite her older sister’s chagrin. What follows is the inquisition, the courtship, the pecan pie, and the big, loud rocks crashing down on a small wooden table. Daisy must balance her anger and fear with her need for intimacy and her determination to have a second chance. While Daisy decides if Garland is a worthy cause — and politely, but relentlessly pursues her, the food chain and the big wheel of life play a part.
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Reviews

 “This comedy-drama may have its sweet side, but it’s also an unpredictable and pushy little play—and one of the best to be staged here in many a moon.”  -- Diana Claitor, Austin American Statesman

Keywords

Love, Marriage

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Church / Religious Groups
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Outdoor
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1920s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:  A small town in Wilson County, Texas. Spring 1928. The front porch of a frame house where DAISY WILSON is temporarily living with DORIS and JAMES PERDUE.

    ACT I

    Scene One: About nine o’clock on a Friday morning.

    Scene Two: About eleven o’clock the next evening.

    ACT II

    Scene One: Two days later. After supper. Sunset.

    Scene Two: The next morning.

  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

1m, 2f
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Cast Attributes

  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Ellsworth Schave

Ellsworth Schave is the author of A Texas Romance, The Turquoise Pontiac; Under a Texaco Canopy; Well-Travelled, But Not Well-Known; Down Along the Brazos; and Calvin’s Garden. He has worked as a playwright, designer, di ...

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Live Oak Theatre, Austin, Texas.  1991

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