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William Inge

WILLIAM INGE

  (1913 - 1973)

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    ICM Partners  

William Motter Inge born May 3rd 1913 and was the youngest of five children. He had three sisters - one of whom died at the age of three and a brother. His parents were Luthor Inge and Maude Gibson-Inge. He was born and raised in Independence, Kansas.

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        Boy In the Basement, The         Bus Riley's Back In the Town         Bus Stop         Caesarian Operations         Call, The         Come Back, Little Sheba         Complex         Dark At the Top Of the Stairs, The         Disposal, The         Glory In the Flower         Incident At the Standish Arms, An         Last Pad,the         Loss Of Roses, A         Love Death Plays, The         Mall, The         Margaret's Bed         Memory Of Summer         Midwestern Manic         Murder, A         Natural Affection         Overnight         People In the Wind         Picnic: A Summer Romance         Rainy Afternoon, The         Social Event, A         Sounds Of Triumph, The         Splendor In the Grass         Strains Of Triumph, The         Summer Brave         Tiny Closet, The         To Bobolink, For Her Spirit         Where's Daddy?



Boy In the Basement, The

Synopsis:
a gripping play about a middle-aged man who still lives with his parents, and suffers the misery of a terrible and secret shame

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1st Published:
in eleven Short Plays by William Inge, Dramatists Play Service, New York,    -

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Short Play One act

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Bus Riley's Back In the Town

Synopsis:
Two young former lovers meet again, and reach out to each other over the pain and bitterness of the intervening years

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1st Published:
in eleven Short Plays by William Inge, Dramatists Play Service, New York,    -

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Genre:
Short Play One act

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Bus Stop

Synopsis:
In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. all roads are blocked, and four or five weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning. Cherie, a nightclub chanteuse in a sparkling gown and a seedy fur-trimmed jacket, is the passenger with most to worry about. She's been pursued, made love to and finally kidnapped by a twenty-one-year-old cowboy with a ranch of his own and the romantic methods of an unusually headstrong bull. the belligerent cowhand is right behind her, ready to sling her over his shoulder and carry her, alive and kicking, all the way to Montana. even as she's ducking out from under his clumsy but confident embraces, and screeching at him fiercely to shut him up, she pauses to furrow her forehead and muse, "Somehow deep inside of me I got a funny feeling I'm gonna end up in Montana . . ." as a counterpoint to the main romance, the proprietor of the cafe and the bus driver at last find time to develop a friendship of their own; a

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1st Produced:
New York    1955

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1st Published:
Random House, New York, 1955   -

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Genre:
Romantic Comedy Comedy

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Caesarian Operations

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1st Produced:
Los Angeles    1972

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Call, The

Synopsis:
Comfortably ensconced in his splendid east side apartment, the urbane Terry awaits the arrival of his brother-in-law, Joe, who has come to New York for a brief visit. He is concerned at Joe's tardiness, until he realizes that Joe, distrustful of elevators, has walked up the 22 flights from the ground floor. When he arrives, winded from lugging his heavy suitcase, Joe makes it clear that city ways are not his. He speaks of his mother, with whom he stayed when the others went off to build new lives, and of the cord which even her death has not broken. When he reached New York his first imPulse was to send her a wire advising of his safe arrival, and when Terry goes off to dress for dinner he tries to call long distance-but the number no longer answers, the call cannot be put through. Refusing Terry's invitation to join them for dinner, Joe picks up his bulging suitcase (weighted down with the keepsakes he cannot bear to leave behind) and trudges slowly off to find a hotel-some quiet place where he, and his memo

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Come Back, Little Sheba

Synopsis:
a deep seated marital frustration erupts in furious violence

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1st Produced:
Westport, Connecticut    1949

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1st Published:
Random House, New York, 1950   -

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Complex

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Further Reference:
National Library of Scotland ref: Traverse - Dep.256/Box 34/2

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Dark At the Top Of the Stairs, The

Dark At the Top Of the Stairs, The
Oppenheimer: "In this latest play Mr. Inge has taken us back to the early 1920s and into the home of the Flood family in a small Oklahoma town. Here we find Rubin, a traveling salesman for a harness firm, Cora his sensitive and lovely wife, Sonny their little boy and Reenie their teen-age daughter. . . the plot of Mr. Inge's comedy Drama is less one story than a series of short stories-the fight between a husband and wife; the fear of an overly shy young girl on going to a dance; the problems of an introverted little boy who feels that the whole world, including his family is against him; the outwardly peaceful and inwardly corroding marriage of Cora's rowdy sister; the tragedy of a military school cadet whose mother has never provided him with a home and who suffers from the stigma of being a Jew in an alien community. What Mr. Inge is saying, with a power and tenderness of speech, is that there is dark at the top of everyone's stairs, but that it can be dissipated by understanding, by tolerance, by compassion

Notes:
aka Farther Off From Heaven (New York, 1957)

1st Produced:
Dallas    1947

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1st Published:
Random House, New York, 1958   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - Gay, theme/character full length

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Disposal, The

Synopsis:
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Notes:
Please see entry for the Last Pad

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Glory In the Flower

Glory In the Flower
ex boxer returns to his home town to be given a morality lesson by his former seetheart.

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1st Produced:
New York    1959

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1st Published:
in "24 Favourite one act Plays", Doubleday, New York, 1958   978-0385066174

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Genre:
One act

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Incident At the Standish Arms, An

Synopsis:
a wealthy young woman and the man she has picked up reveal an inner squalor which their luxurious surroundings connot hide.

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1st Published:
in eleven Short Plays by William Inge, Dramatists Play Service, New York,    -

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Genre:
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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Last Pad,the

Synopsis:
examination of life before convicted prisoner's imminent execution.

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On your website you refer to Inge's the LaST PaD As originally produced in 1968 As the DISPOSaL. It was published but never produced on stage until March 1972. I was the producer And have first hand experience with the play. the original title And that under which it was published, was the DISPOSaL. In 1971 I founded A company called the Southwest ensemble theatre in Phoenix, AZ. After reading A gazillion new plays with the Artistic director, we decided to explore the play with William Inge. We got immediate response from Bill And over the following months worked on the play with him. In the process,he changed the title to the LaST PaD And extended the length. I produced the world premiere in March of 1972 in Scottsdale, AZ And continued the run in Phoenix. Starring in the play was Nick Nolte, An old friend And co-actor in Phoenix. the play moved to La for A summer 1973 opening with many of the original cast including Nick Nolte And Jim Matz. Regrettably, Bill committed suicide the day before the opening but the play went on And ultimately positioned Nick for his film career. It was A critical success And was named the best play of 1972 by the Arizona Republic. So. . . . .though his last play was much darker than his earlier successes it remained consistent in it's lead character; somewhat of An outcast from society.
Bob Johnson Aztheatre@aol.com; http://www.azshow.biz/

1st Produced:
Scottsdale, aZ    1972

Company:
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1st Published:
in "Best Short Plays of the World Theatre 1958-1967", Crown, New York, 1968   -

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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  1            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Loss Of Roses, A

Synopsis:
as told by Chapman: "the setting. . .is a modest bungalow in a small town near Kansas City, and here lives Miss Field, a widow, and her twenty-one-year-old son. . .the time is 1933-the depression-and they are lucky to have jobs, she as a hospital nurse and he as a gas station attendant. the young man is petulant and demanding, and his mother is loving in a mournful way, for she wishes the boy were the man his late Father was. Into the house moves a friend from long ago. . .a stranded tank-town actress. She finds sanctuary here in return for doing the cooking and housework; it is to be a temporary setup, just long enough for the actor she has consorted with to find another job for them in Kansas City . . ." the actress and the son become involved in a brief affair, and he proposes marriage, only to change his mind the following day. Heartsick, the actress returns to the life she loathes, and the son decides to strike out on his own.

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1st Produced:
New York    1959

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1st Published:
Random House, New York, 1960   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - Gay, theme/character full length

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Love Death Plays, The

Synopsis:
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Dialogue for Two Men, Midwestern Manic, the Love Death, Venus And Adonis, the Wake, the Star

1st Produced:
New York    1975

Company:
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1st Published:
Midwestern Manic in "the Best Short Plays 1969", Chilton, Philadelphia, 1969   -

Music:
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Mall, The

Synopsis:
the mall of an out-of-season amusement park becomes the setting for a series of separate encounters, all interwoven into a totality of meaning.

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1st Published:
in eleven Short Plays by William Inge, Dramatists Play Service, New York,    -

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Genre:
Short Play One act

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  6            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Margaret's Bed

Synopsis:
a tale of two people's inability to come together. elsie has a near pathological fear of sleeping in an otherwise empty apartment so she has picked up Ben at a concert, in the hopes that he will agree to sleep in her roommate Margaret's bed. Ben had assumed, after all their flirting, that the evening would end with a sexual encounter, but elsie cannot bring herself to sleep with a man she knows almost nothing about. Ben, very disgruntled, is determined to leave, but elsie manages to persuade him to stay. as they talk, and elsie learns more about Ben, she begins to find herself more and more attracted to him. She kisses him and tries to get into bed with him, but Ben feels this is only out of pity, and he will not be pitied. He decides to leave, and in the end neither of them get what they had hoped for.

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Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Memory Of Summer

Synopsis:
a touching story of a woman who has lost her youth and replaced it with the questionable comfort of delusion.

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1st Published:
in eleven Short Plays by William Inge, Dramatists Play Service, New York,    -

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Genre:
Short Play One act

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Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Midwestern Manic

Synopsis:
George Krimm is expecting a visit from his sister Marlene, her husband Harley and their son Wyatt earp Ffoulkes. However they arrive early and George is in bed with his girlfriend. Fearing his sister will not approve of pre-marital sex he tries to hide her

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1st Published:
Contained in: "Best Short Plays 1969" published by Chilton Books 1969   -

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Genre:
One act

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Murder, A

Synopsis:
the Man is being shown a room by the Landlady, insisting that he must have quiet and privacy-and a lock on his closet door. He is staggered by the rent of $100 a day, but then, as the Landlady says, rent is high, and don't we always have to pay more than we expect to? the Man is then visited by the Houseman, who comes to install the closet lock, and to pry into the reasons for it, to learn what it is the Man must hide away so anxiously. When he is at last alone, the Man wearily prepares for bed, but opening a bureau drawer to get his pajamas he finds, instead, the small, cold body of a dead child. He frantically summons the Landlady, who disclaims any knowledge of who the child is or how it got there, and can only suggest that it might eventually disappear. Deeply disturbed by the sight of this poor innocent who should have lived but was somehow robbed of this chance, the Man resolves to go, knowing that the rest and release he seeks will be forever denied him. the Houseman will take care of the body-but when

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Genre:
Mystery

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Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Natural Affection

Synopsis:
as she awaits the impending Christmas visit of her teenage son, Donnie, Sue Barker is torn between the love she feels as a mother and the fear that his presence will disrupt the life that she has built in his absence. Having been deserted by the boy's Father before his birth, Sue was forced to support herself, leaving Donnie to a childhood of orphan homes, delinquency and ultimately a term at the penal farm. Working her way up to a position of head lingerie buyer for a Chicago department store, Sue has acquired a small but fashionable apartment and a lover, Bernie Slovenk. When Donnie announces that he will not have to go back to the farm if she will give him a home the crisis is broached. although Bernie makes a half-hearted attempt to be affable with the boy, there is immediate tension between them and a growing sense of competition. the inescapable showdown comes on Christmas eve when the couple from next door joins the others for a party. the wife throws herself first at Bernie and then at Donnie, but not

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Grillparzer

1st Produced:
Phoenix    1962

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1st Published:
Random House, New York, 1963   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - Gay, theme/character full length

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Male:  7            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Overnight

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1st Produced:
Los Angeles    1969

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People In the Wind

Synopsis:
Midnight, a bus station in rural Kansas, and a mixed bag of passengers-all victims of their differing fates.

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1st Published:
in eleven Short Plays by William Inge, Dramatists Play Service, New York,    -

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Genre:
Short Play One act

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Male:  3            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Picnic: A Summer Romance

Picnic: A Summer Romance
the play takes place on Labor day Weekend in the joint back yards of two middle-aged widows. the one house belongs to Flo Owens, who lives there with her two maturing daughters, Madge and Millie, and a boarder who is a spinster school teacher. the other house belongs to Helen Potts, who lives with her elderly and invalid mother. Into this female atmosphere comes a young man named Hal Carter, whose animal vitality seriously upsets the entire group. Hal is a most interesting character, a child of parents who ignored him, self-conscious of his failings and his position behind the eight ball. Flo is sensitively wary of temptations for her daughters. Madge, bored with being only a beauty, sacrifices her chances for a wealthy marriage for the excitement Hal promises. Her sister, Millie, finds her balance for the first time through the stranger's brief attention. and the spinster is stirred to make an issue out of the dangling courtship that has brightened her life in a dreary, minor way.

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1st Produced:
Music Box theatre
239 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036    19 Feb 1953

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1st Published:
Random House, New York, 1953   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  4            Female:  7            Other:  -

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Rainy Afternoon, The

Synopsis:
Two little girls and a boy "play house," emulating their parents with a completeness which both alarms and reveals

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1st Published:
in eleven Short Plays by William Inge, Dramatists Play Service, New York,    -

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Genre:
Short Play One act

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  3 actors

Further Reference:
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Social Event, A

Synopsis:
a brief but revealing study of two young Hollywood hopefuls

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1st Published:
in eleven Short Plays by William Inge, Dramatists Play Service, New York,    -

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Genre:
Short Play One act

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Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Sounds Of Triumph, The

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1st Published:
Contained in: Plays as experience" published by Odyssey Press 1962   -

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Genre:
One act

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Splendor In the Grass

Synopsis:
Good looking, a star athlete, and son of the richest man in town, Bud Stamper is the prize catch in his high school class, and Deanie Loomis is the girl lucky enough to get him. But both Bud and Deanie are disturbed by the powerful feelings that have grown between them, and which are turned into torture by the restraints of proper conduct. Mindful of the bad example of his own debauched sister, Bud wants to marry Deanie immediately and go to agricultural school-a hope that is destroyed by his father's ambitions to put Bud through Yale and into the family oil business. Bud and Deanie promise to wait, and Bud decides that it is better for them to see less of each other in the meantime, a turn of events that plunges the unstable Deanie into an emotional crack-up and then commitment to an institution. By the time she is released their world has turned over. the stock market crash has destroyed the Stamper empire and led to suicide for Bud's father; Bud has left Yale and married a young waitress from New Haven; an

Notes:
adapted As play by F Andrew Leslie

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
Screenplay

Parts:
Male:  10            Female:  9            Other:  -

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Strains Of Triumph, The

Synopsis:
Two young lovers on a hillside are overheard by his best friend-and rival for the girl's affections

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1st Published:
in eleven Short Plays by William Inge, Dramatists Play Service, New York,    -

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Genre:
Short Play One act

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Summer Brave

Synopsis:
again, as in Picnic, the setting is a small town in Kansas, and while the characters are essentially the same as in the earlier play, there are subtleties and differences which give SUMMeR BRaVe a distinctive and unique quality of its own. Providing more acting roles and background "color," and approaching its theme with more humor and verisimilitude, the play reaches similar conclusions about the impetuosity of youth; the animal attractiveness of the unpolished young stranger who sets small town tongues wagging; and the sudden realization by the older characters that life is about to pass them by. In the end the play is a masterful blend of touching and humorous elements in which lessons are learned about growing up, going on, and accepting what a sometimes perverse fate imposes.

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - Gay, theme/character full length

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  7            Other:  -

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Tiny Closet, The

Synopsis:
a fussy, middle-aged bachelor is upset to find that someone has been tampering with the lock on his closet-and has discovered a strange secret hidden there

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Spoleto, Italy    1959

Company:
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1st Published:
in "Summer Brave and eleven short Plays", Random house, New York, 1963   -

Music:
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Genre:
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Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  3            Other:  -

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To Bobolink, For Her Spirit

Synopsis:
Short play about the dedicated autograph hunters who lie in wait for celebrities outside of one of New York's famous restaurants

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1st Published:
in eleven Short Plays by William Inge, Dramatists Play Service, New York,    -

Music:
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Where's Daddy?

Synopsis:
as Richard Watts, Jr. comments, "although Mr. Inge is fair and sympathetic to both sides, it would seem that he inclines slightly to the cause of the older generation. This, however, is one of the deftest touches in his treatment of the subject. For maturity, as it may be described at least technically, is represented by two unlikely prospects, a foolish, innocent and bewildered mother and a matronly bachelor unhampered by any illusions of masculinity. Yet how likeable both of them turn out to be! they are confronted by quite a problem, too. a boy, who happens to have been adopted by the bachelor, and a girl, who is the unworldly lady's daughter, have got themselves married and are about to have a child, and the thought alarms the young pair. the boy wants his freedom and the girl wants to prove her independence by giving it to him, and they have agreed to send the baby to an institution for adoption when it arrives. and it arrives unexpectedly, and amid great alarm. . .Mr. Inge is good-natured but he is also s

Notes:
aka Family Things, etc.

1st Produced:
Falmouth Playhouse, Ma    1965

Company:
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1st Published:
Random House, New York, 1966   -

Music:
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Genre:
Comedy. - - Gay, theme/character full length

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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