Spades

by  Jim Beaver

10 Minute Play, Dark Comedy  /  3m

Two marines in 1970 Vietnam receive a dead soldier to store in a refrigerator before his remains are sent back home. But the man’s corpse was sent to the marines too early: he regains consciousness and awakens, terrified out of his mind.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m
  • Duration

    Duration

    10 minutes
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Two marines in 1970 Vietnam receive a dead soldier to store in a refrigerator before his remains are sent back home. War has taken its emotional toll on these young men and they discuss the best way to permanently attach the dead man’s ID tag to him – by stomping his dogtag into his jaw. The man’s corpse was sent to the marines too early: he regains consciousness and awakens, terrified out of his mind. Somehow the exhausted men find humor in a grim close call.

Published in Ten Minute Plays from Actors Theatre of Louisville, Vol. 1.

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Keywords

Death, Friendship, War

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1970s
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: Graves Registration warehouse, 1st Medical Batallion, Marine Division, Da Nang, South Vietnam
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

3m
CORPORAL JACK CHITWOOD – US Marine Corps, 22
LANCE CORPORAL ROB FLANAGAN – US Marine Corps, 19
YOUNG MARINE
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Cast Attributes

  • All Male
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Room for Extras

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Authors

Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver was born in Laramie, Wyoming and attended Irving High School in Texas (where he was a classmate of ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard), but he transferred in his senior year to Fort Worth Christian Academy, from which he graduated in 1968. He also took courses at Fort Worth Christian College. Despit ...

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Spades had its first on February 18th, 1981. It was directed by Larry Deckel.

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