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“The Prisoner’s Song”

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Foote, Horton (American playwright, screenwriter, 1916-____), “The Prisoner’s Song,”

a __-minute drama in English, set in the home of Mae and John,


in Horton Foote’s The Tears of My Sister/The Prisoner’s Song/The One-Armed Man/The Land of the Astronauts, acting edition, ISBN 0-8222-1357-5, DPS 2022 (published with and can pair with “The One-Armed Man,” a drama, 3m); script/rights available from Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 440 Park Avenue South, New York City, New York 10016, U.S.A., telephone 212-683-8960, fax 212-213-1539, http://www.dramatists.com; also in Horton Foote’s Selected One-Act Plays of Horton Foote, edited by Gerald C. Wood (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.: Southern Methodist University Press, 1989), ISBN 0-87074-274-4, ISBN 0-87074-275-2. Cited by Allen L. Hubby via e-mail hubby@interport.net, March 20, 1997; the citation says,

  §  Dramatis Personae John (m), Mae’s out-of-work husband; ____ (m), an old friend of Mae’s family; Mae (f), John’s wife; ____ (f), ____.

  §  Synopsis “. . . Mae tries to boost the confidence of her out-of-work husband John, while he waits for the ‘right’ job. Finally admitting he can’t support them, he realizes he must take what is offered from an old friend of Mae’s family, whose grief over the death of his daughter masks his own understanding of the hardships around him.”

  §  Comment Horton Foote’s playwriting career spans more than fifty years. His plays have been on Broadway, off-Broadway, off-off Broadway and throughout America. He received the William Inge Lifetime Achievement Award and the Screen Laurel Award from the Writers Guild of America as well as honorary doctorates from American Film Institute, Austin College, and Drew University.

  §  Themes death, family, father-daughter, friendship, grief, self-esteem, unemployment.

See also Horton Foote’s:
  • Blind Date,” a comedy set in the living room of Robert and Dolores Henry's home in Harrison, Texas, 1929, 2m2f
  • The Dearest of Friends,” a drama in English set in the Vontaugh's living room in their apartment, Houston, Texas, early fall, 1924, 2m2f
  • A Nightingale,” a drama in English, set in the kitchen of Mabel and Jack Votaugh, Houston, Texas, around 7:00 a.m., early April, 1924, 1m3f
  • The One-Armed Man,” a drama in English, 3m
  • Spring Dance,” a 25-minute drama in English, set in a section of enclosed garden adjoining a ballroom-auditorium where a dance is being held, in an asylum, Austin, Texas, spring, 1928, 3m1f
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