By the Name of Kensington

by  Jean Lenox Toddie

Short Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  2m, 2f

From the author of A Little Something for the Ducks, White Room of My Remembering and Looking for a Better Berry Bush, among others, comes the story of a well bred cricket from London who is dismayed to find himself playing doppelganger to a woman in Appalachia. In this humorous an…

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By the Name of Kensington

by  Jean Lenox Toddie

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration


    40 minutes
  • SubGenre


  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

How does a young lady, considered to be "a trifle slow," respond to the challenges of an erudite doppelganger, a cricket by the name of Kensington? This light-hearted look at relationships explores the meaning of family and choice.


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Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


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License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance



  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting:

    The kitchen of a cottage in a coal mining town in Appalachia. It is suggested that the set might reflect the colors of the costumes to enhance the fantasy aspect of the play.


  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes


2m, 2f

CLOONEY - An appealing sixteen-year-old, who, because she is "a trifle slow," appears younger.
MAMA - Her mother.
JEREMIAH - Her brother.
KENSINGTON - The cricket by the name of Kensington.

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Jean Lenox Toddie

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