Two Bottles of Relish
Other Plays by Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett aka Lord Dunsany
Other Plays by Edward Darby
Plunkett, Edward John Moreton Drax (aka Lord Dunsany, 18th Baron, Irish playwright, short story writer, novelist, poet, essayist, lecturer, naval historian, translator from Latin and French into English, naval historian, 1878-1957), “Two Bottles of Relish,”
a __-minute macabre mystery in English, adapted by Edward Darby from Lord Dunsany, set in the living room of a small bachhelors’ apartment, twentieth century,
© 19__ by Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett;
© 19__ by Edward Darby;
• in Edward Darby’s Two Bottles of Relish (Woodstock, Illinois, U.S.A.: Dramatic Publishing Company, 1967);
• script/rights also available from Dramatic Publishing Company, P. O. Box 129, 311 Washington Street, Woodstock, Illinois 60098, U.S.A., telephone 800-HIT-SHOW, fax 800-334-5302, http://www.dramaticpublishing.com/, DPC T45 (not available in Canada);
• also, script/rights available from Hansen Drama Shop, 718 East 39th South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84107-2106, U.S.A., telephone 801-268-8753, fax 801-265-3829.
• Cited in 1/2/3/4 for the Show: A Guide to Small-Cast One-Act Plays, vol 1, (Lanham, Maryland, U.S.A.: The Scarecrow Press, 1995), ISBN 0810829851, 273 pp.
Willie Smithers (m), __, a salesman; David Linley (m), __, his friend; Jenny Hutchinson (f), __, a young girl; Mrs. Hutchinson (f), __, Jenny’s mother.
“A man is preparing to commit the perfect crime and he has an extraordinary plan for getting rid of the evidence—the body of his victim.”—Catalog of Plays and Musicals (Woodstock, Illinois, U.S.A.: Dramatic Publishing Company, 1996), p. 334.
“A man is preparing to commit the perfect crime, and he has an extraordinary plan for getting rid of the evidence, the body of his victim.”—Play Bureau Catalogue, http://www.playbureau.com, accessed February 22, 2008.
• “While it is customary to include a program note indicating the time and place in which the action is set, it is suggested that no such reference is necessary for this play. . . . The Set is described in detail in the production notes at the end of the book. A drawing of the set is on page 39. The suggested setting can easily be simplified if desired.”—http://www.dramaticpublishing.com/pdf/Excerpts/exTwoBottlesOfRelishT45.pdf, accessed August 6, 2006.
• Research could include Two Bottles of Relish: A Book of Strange and Unusual Stories, edited by Whit Burnett (New York: Dial Press, 1943), LCCN 43-51165.
• Research could include The Art of Playwriting: Lectures Delivered at the University of Pennsylvania on the Mask and Wig Foundation (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1928), LCCN 28-29251 [including lectures by Rachel Crothers (1878-____); Langdon Elwyn Mitchell (1862-____); Emery Bemsley Pottle (1875-____); Jesse Lynch Williams (1871-____)], other title Art of Playwriting.
• Archived in Lewis W. Heniford Collection of Small-Cast One-Act Plays, Department of Special Collections, Green Library, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California, Call Number PN6120.O5 L49, http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/hasrg/ablit/amerlit/heniford.htm.
• Research could include Official Site of the Dunsany family and the author Lord Dunsany, http://www.dunsany.net/, accessed August 6, 2006.
• Research could include "this charming and alarming story of how a young bride mysteriously disappears and how the mystery is solved by an Upper East Side aristocrat and his nebbish of a sidekick, a traveling salesman for the “Num-Num” relish company. This is an adaptation of the play, 'Two Bottles of Relish,' written by Lord Dunsany and originally adapted for radio by Edward Goldberger. In this one-person version, Daniel Foster not only played all the parts and produced the show, he also wrote the musical score.”—mp3ater project, Duke University, http://www.duke.edu/~dhfoster/mp3ater.htm, accessed August 21, 2006.
• On the approved list of short plays for contest for school year 2006-2007, updated 08/02/06 to include revisions beginning school year 2006-07, for the [Austin, Texas, U.S.A.] University Interscholastic League’s One-Act Play Contest. Founded in 1927, it is the largest high school play production contest or play festival in the world. More than 14,000 Texas high school students in more than 1,000 plays participate in 300 plus contests, which take place from the beginning of March through the three-day, 40-production State Meet One-Act Play Contest. The One-Act Play Contest is supported by more than 200 college and university faculty members serving as critic judges. The League’s theatre program is considered by historians to be the foundation of educational and community theatre in Texas. It continues to be a major factor motivating increasing numbers of schools to offer theatre arts as an academic subject.—UIL: Academics - Theatre/One-Act Play: Plays, http://www.uil.utexas.edu/academics/drama/plays.html, accessed August 20, 2006.
body, evidence, murder, perfect crime, victim.