A HOUSE BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD – SEVEN SHORT PLAYS ABOUT A FAMILY by Philip Middleton Williams

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These plays can be done separately or as a full-length production.  If they are presented all at once, they should be done in the order listed as they are in chronological order.  Also, it is feasible that the same actors play the same roles through the series.

A House by the Side of the Road — Clyde and his sons Steve and Dan sit on the back porch on a summer evening listening to the Detroit Tigers play baseball on the radio and learn that you don’t have to play the game to be in it.

Blind No. 7 – Clyde, Dan and Steve spend a morning at Erie Marsh duck-hunting, telling dad-jokes, and being together.

And the Wisdom to Know the Difference – Clyde stops by to see Dan on visiting day at the treatment center.

A Moment of Clarity – Dan and Clyde share memories and truths.

Favorite Son – Dan and Steve are waiting to visit their father who is in hospice care. As they sort through the arrangements, they sort through their relationship, bracing themselves for what’s coming next.

I’ll Be Here – Dan and Clyde spend some time together in the woods where they used to go bird-watching.

Good Grief – Dan stops by the woods to visit Clyde and meets his new lifelong companion. He’s an attractive young man named Grief, and he and Dan are going to get to know each other very well.

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CHARACTERS

A HOUSE BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD

ANNOUNCER:  Baseball play-by-play on the radio.

CLYDE:  Late thirties.

STEVE:  His son, fourteen.

DAN:  His son, twelve.

 

BLIND NO.7

CLYDE: A man in his mid-forties.

DAN:  His son, aged fifteen.

STEVE:  His son, aged seventeen

 

AND THE WISDOM TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE

DAN:  Mid-thirties.

CLYDE:  His father.  Mid-sixties.

 

A MOMENT OF CLARITY

CLYDE: A man in his eighties.

DAN:  His son, in his sixties

 

FAVORITE SON

DAN:  Mid-sixties.

STEVE:  Dan’s older brother.

 

I’LL BE HERE

DAN:  Mid-sixties.

CLYDE:  His father.  A spirit.

 

GOOD GRIEF

DAN:  Mid-sixties.

CLYDE:  His father.  A spirit.

GRIEF

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

In 2017, A Moment of Clarity was a finalist in the City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting.

 

RUNNING TIME

Each play runs approximately 10- 20 minutes

 

PREVIEW

Preview available here

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