Honor the Living

by  Tennessee Williams

10 Minute Play, Drama  /  3m, 1f

John and Mary begin a new chapter of their young, married life after John finally returns home from fighting in World War II. 

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Honor the Living

by  Tennessee Williams

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    10 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

John and Mary begin a new chapter of their young, married life after John finally returns home from fighting in World War II. Mary is thrilled that John has returned physically unharmed, but John cannot seem to shake his deep psychological wounds from the horrors of war. Fast-forward ten years, and John and Mary's life continues to look wonderful on the surface – a new apartment, a healthy child, a glamorous lifestyle – but John's involvement with an underground mob soon costs the couple all three of these luxuries. Finally, several years later, Mary visits John in his prison cell on death row, a broken woman, as John reads an Armistice Day speech and laughs bitterly at the notion that his country has done anything to "honor the living " as well as the dead.

A part of the collection The Magic Tower and Other One-Act Plays.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s, 1920s, 1910s / WWI
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: Two apartments and a prison cell from 1918 - 1930s
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

3m, 1f
JOHN
MARY
PRISON GUARD
PRIEST
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Authors

Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) explores passion with daring honesty, and forged a poetic theatre of raw psychological insight that shattered conventional proprieties and transformed the American stage. The autobiographical The Glass Menagerie brought what Mr. Williams called “the catastrophe of success,” a success capp ...

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