Will O’ the Wisp
Other Plays by Doris F. Halman
Halman, Doris F. (aka Doris Friend Halman, American playwright, 1895-____), “Will O’ the Wisp,”
a __-minute impressionistic episode in English, set in a seaside farmhouse at the end of things, U.S.A., 1916,
© 1916 by Doris F. Halman;
• in Representative One-Act Plays by American Authors, edited by Margaret Gardner Mayorga (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.: Little, Brown, and Company, 1922); full text online at One-Act-Plays.com, http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/voices.html, accessed February 11, 2010.
• also, in Halman’s Will-o’-the-wisp: a fantasy in one act (Boston : W.H. Baker, ____).
• script/rights available in public domain; full text online at http://www.archive.org/stream/playsforclassroo00knic/playsforclassroo00knic_djvu.txt.
The White-Faced Girl (f), __, a ragged figure with a white face and covered hair; The Countrywoman (f), old, withered dame; The Poet’s Wife (f), 35, a stylish lady; The Serving-Maid (f), __, clad in black, speaks with a brogue.
A destitute old woman has taken in a stray waif despite her own dire straits. Hoping that a poet who has returned over the years for inspiration would come again with the rent he would bring. Instead, the poet's wife with her young maid has come in his stead to find just what is the inspiration the poet finds here. The poet's wife is lured to her death by the stray waif, who is a wraith, the Will-o’-the-wisp.
• Premiered under the direction of Professor George P. Baker in his “47 Workshop” at Cambridge, Massachusetts, December 8, 1916.
• Not to be confused with Jaroslav Kvapil’s The Will O’ the Wisp: A Drama in Four Acts, 1916, archived at University of Michigan, U.S.A.
• Page mounted February 13, 2010, by the site Webmaster.
class, death, ocean, spirit world.