Husbandry (Tovatt)

by  Patrick Tovatt

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 2f

"A literate exploration of family responsibilities in a mobile society." - Variety

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Husbandry (Tovatt)

by  Patrick Tovatt

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

An insightful drama about what is happening to small farms in America, this plays revolves around a family on the verge of losing their farm. The farmer's son and his wife have good jobs in the city, but the old man can't go it alone anymore he needs his son on the farm. The son is torn between his parents and his wife who does not want to leave her job and uproot her family to become a farm wife.

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"A literate exploration of family responsibilities in a mobile society." - Variety

"The play simmers so gently for so long, as each potential confrontation is deflected with Chekhovian shrugs and silences, that when it boils into hostility it sears the audience." - Time


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  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: An old farmhouse
  • Additional Features: No intermission


2m, 2f

DEE - a tall, bright, willful farm woman of 55. Slightly heavy perhaps, but in excellent health with abundant energy. Knows her small community and is a significant member of it.
LES - lean farmer of 58. Lined face and powerful calloused hands. Slightly stoop shouldered although he holds his head erect. Fine calm eyes. A relatively quiet man with strong disciplines.
HARRY - Les and Dee's son. 37 and fit. Former high school and college basketball player. Former high school coach. Now an administrator for a large city/country recreation and community development program.
BEV - 34, highly motivated mother and working woman. Mother of Ian, five, and Sadie, seven-going-on-eight, and officer operations manager for a large metropolitan dental clinic. She doesn't buy junk food for the kids except once in a while and she is a good table tennis player.

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Patrick Tovatt

Patrick Tovatt

Husbandry premiered at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in February 1984 under the direction of Jon Jory.

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