Hush Little Celia, Don't Say A Word

by  Joseph Wallace

Short Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  1m, 1f

Celia doesn't speak. Her teacher's want to know why. Her father is angry at her. Her psychologist wants to help her. But fellow student Todd only wants to get close to her. And, through persistence, bad poetry, and a bizarre audition for a production of Romeo and Juliet, he does. 

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Hush Little Celia, Don't Say A Word

by  Joseph Wallace

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy, Theatre for Young Audiences, Experimental, Faith-based, Romantic Comedy
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Celia doesn't speak. Her teachers want to know why. Her father is angry at her. Her psychologist wants to help her. But fellow student Todd only wants to get close to her. And, through persistence, bad poetry, and a bizarre audition for a production of Romeo and Juliet, he does. A gem of a play about love, psychology, and what happens to kids when they go unheard. The honesty of this play and the manner in which the characters have been brought to life will move audience and participants in a most profound way. Standing ovations at its premier production in a contest setting with a judge stating: "A marvelous play - every single character is a gem."

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: Various settings suggested by the ensemble and simple scenery, all in Todd's imagination.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

1m, 1f
TODD
CELIA
NUN (SISTER ROSE)
SISTER JUNE
FATHER
MOTHER
DR. GRIFFIN
DR. CORNERS
MRS. ELDON
P.A.
POET
M.C.
MISS. DUFFY
JOE
KELLY
LISA
BENJAMIN DOVER
STUDENTS, CHILDREN
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Plus an ensemble of 6-25

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Authors

Joseph Wallace

Joseph Wallace has been writing and directing plays for more than thirty years.  In addition, he has been a teacher of English and theatre for more than 25 years.  His titles with us include: Something's Rotten in the S ...

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Hush Little Celia, Don't Say a Word was first produced on March 15, 2001, at Cranston High School East, in Cranston, Rhode Island and was directed by Mark Johnson.

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