Go to Home Page of Small-Cast One-Act Guide Online


“Cuthbert’s Last Stand”

yellow bar


Biss, Andrew (British playwright, ____-____), “Cuthbert’s Last Stand,”

a 40-minute comedy in English, set in the drawing room of Mrs. Pennington-South’s London home, late afternoon, 2001,


  •  © 2001 by Andrew Biss;  •  script/rights available from Andrew Biss, e-mail andrewbiss@hotmail.com.  •  Cited by Andrew Biss via ftp February 17, 2001; Biss says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Mrs. Pennington-South (f), 52, stylish; Cuthbert (m), 21, her handsome son; Tristram (m), 22, a nervous guest, handsome.

  §  Synopsis “Mrs. Pennington-South has succeeded in coercing a handsome young man—Tristram—back to her home to have tea with her and her ill-tempered son, Cuthbert. What the shy, rather awkward Tristram doesn’t realise is that he is, in fact, being presented as a possible suitor for Cuthbert. His mother’s matchmaking arrangements, however, have become increasingly intolerable for Cuthbert, and as the tea progresses and the intimations and pressures are ratcheted up, Cuthbert finally reaches breaking point. Exasperated and angry, he decides that the time has come at last to confront his mother with the shocking truth that he knows can only break her heart: the open admittance of his heterosexuality. As mother and son engage in a psychological war of attrition, their reticent guest becomes an unwitting spectator to their unfolding—and unorthodox—family drama . . . and a most unlikely saviour.

  §  Comment “One simple set, no scene changes. Winner of the 2001 National One-Act Play Competition at FirstStage, Los Angeles.”

  §  Themes acceptance, coming out, confrontation, family, gay, heterosexuality, misunderstanding, mother-son relationship.

See also Andrew Biss’:
  • An Embarrassing Odour,” a 15-minute dark comedy in English, set in the living room of Ethel's East London home, night, 2000, 1m1f
  • A Familiar Face,” a 40-minute dark comedy in English, set in a London café, afternoon, 2000, 2f
  • An Honest Mistake,” a 15-minute dark comedy in English, set in the kitchen of Madge and Stan’s home in London, evening, 2000, 1m1f
  • Indigenous Peoples,” a 40-minute comedy in English, set in a campsite in the Lake District, England, late afternoon, 2001, 1m1f
  • The One-Eyed Guru,” a 40-minute drama in English, set in the living room of Jack and Rachel's London flat, 11:30 p.m., 2001, 1m1f

  • A Slip of the Tongue,” a 15-minute dark farce in English, set in an office in the solicitors firm of Reams & Ramsbottom, morning, 2000, 1m1f

    This Website continues under construction and welcomes new citations and comments.

    Page mounted February 27, 2002, and updated March 2, 2002, April 27, May 9, 2002, April 19, 2006, by the Webmaster.

    return arrow There is a there there with a correct click.

    Quick Connections to Major Sections of This Guide

    | Home Page | Contents | Acknowledgments |
    | Foreword | Preface | Introduction |
    | Author Index | Cast Size/Gender Index | Title Index |
    | Glossary of Genres | Bibliography for Playwrights | Playbills by Themes |
    | Eighty Script Analyses (in Print Volume) | Source Directory for Scripts |
    | Visits Counter | Success Stories |
    | Form for Submitting New Citation | Ordering 1/2/3/4 for the Show |
    | Present Web Links | Adding Web Links |
    | Guest Book | Disclaimer | General Bibliography |
    | About the Author |

    Quick Connections to Cast Size/Gender Menus

    1 Actor
    | One-Male Plays | One-Female Plays |
    2 Actors
    | One-Male-One-Female Plays | Two-Male Plays | Two-Female Plays |
    3 Actors
    | One-Male-Two-Female Plays | Two-Male-One-Female Plays | Three-Male Plays |
    | Three-Female Plays |
    4 Actors
    | One-Male-Three-Female Plays | Two-Male-Two-Female Plays |
    | Three-Male-One-Female Plays | Four-Male Plays | Four-Female Plays |

    yellow beads

    Small-Cast One-Act Guide Online


    the more-extensive print volumes

    1/2/3/4 for the Show: A Guide to Small-Cast One-Act Plays, Vols. 1 and 2

      (Lanham, Maryland, U.S.A.; Folkestone, Kent, U.K.: Scarecrow Press, 1995, 1999),

    vol. 1 [1995] ISBN 0-8108-2985-1, vol. 2 [1999] ISBN 0-8108-3600-9

     Scarecrow Press, Inc.

    4720 Boston Way, Lanham, Maryland 20706, U.S.A.
    telephone 800-462-6420 or 301-459-3366, fax 800-338-4550

    4 Pleydell Gardens, Folkestone, Kent CT20 2DN, England

    yellow beads

    Both volumes of this guidebook are available in 2-3 days from