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Nathan Hale: Failed Spy, Superb Patriot

















Dubois, Katherine (American playwright, 1958-____), “Hale,”

a 15-minute comedy in English, set on a stage, whenever,

1m1f,

© 1996 by Katherine Dubois Reed,  • script/rights available from Katherine Dubois Reed, 3185 17th Street Boulder, Colorado 80304-2617, U.S.A, telephone (home/work) 303-447-2553, e-mail thereeds@pcisys.net.   •  Cited by Katherine Dubois Reed, via ftp, June 30, 1998; Dubois says,

 §  Dramatis Personae Sarah (f), a social reformer; Nathan Hale (m), 21, the Revolutionary War hero.

 §  Synopsis “Sarah and Nathan both agree the play is about citizenship. They can’t agree which of them the play is supposed to be about or what makes a good citizen.  Nathan died young, a hero, an inspiration, a legend. True, but did he accomplish anything useful? Sarah asks. She had a long life filled with charitable works and civic endeavors. She founded societies and foundations, she influenced socially responsible legislation.  Retorts Nathan, ‘But who’s ever heard of you?  He’s remembered for “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” She’s best known for “Mary had a little lamb.”’ Can they compromise and find an equitable way to do the play together? Unfortunately, no.”

 §  Comment ________________.

 §  Themes biography, charity, citizenship, compromise, dramatic license, Hale (Nathan Hale, American soldier hanged as a spy by the British in the American Revolution, 1755-1776), Hale (Sarah Josepha Hale, the author of Mary’s Lamb, one of the most influential American writers and editors of the 19th century, 1788-1879) heroism, inspiration, legend, legislation, longevity, role, society, youth.

a young girl named Mary had a lamb follow her


See also Katherine Dubois’
  • The Baby You Ordered,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a living room, morning, 1999, 1m2f
  • Comeuppance,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a kitchen, after supper, 2001, 2m1f
  • The Con,” a 55-minute farce in English, set in an elegant room in a stately old mansion, morning, 2000, 2m2f
  • The Condition,” a 10-minute drama in English, set in a doctor's office, afternoon, 1999, 1m1f
  • Dream Family,”a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a living room, afternoon, 2000, 2m1f
  • The Edge,” a 20-minute comedy in English, set in a high school corridor, morning, 1999, 2m2f
  • Give and Take," a 10-minute drama in English set in the living room of a suburban home, morning, 1996, 2m1f
  • God for a Day,” a 40-minute comedy in English, set on a bare stage, 2001, 1m1f
  • Paradise,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set on a a tropical beach, 2002, 2f
  • The Powder Room,” a 43-minute comedy in English, set in the ladies' powder room of a swank hotel, evening, 1998, 4f
  • The Rain Bird,” a 27-minute drama-romance in English, set in a clearing in the woods, morning, 1992, 1m1f
  • Sister’s Keeper,” a 10-minute drama in English, set in a kitchen/breakfast room, morning, 2002, 2f
  • The Star,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a living room, U.S.A., evening, 1998, 1m2f
  • Too Hot, Too Cold, Just Right,” a 37-minute children’s theatre farce in English, set in the bears’ cave and the forest, once upon a time, 2m2f or 1m3f
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