The Big Game

by  Tennessee Williams

Short Play, Drama  /  6m, 2f

Part of the collection Mister Paradise and Other One Act Plays

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 2f
  • Duration


    30 minutes
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Tony, a vigorous young athlete, is about to be discharged from the men's ward. In contrast, the other two occupants are a terminally ill youth, Dave, and Walton, a middle-aged patient about to undergo surgery for a brain tumor. When Tony leaves, Walton introduces Dave to the concept of eternity by looking at the stars. Walton dies during the operation and the play ends with Dave, alone, contemplating the stars.

Part of the collection Mister Paradise and Other One Act Plays

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  • Minimum Fee: £39 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: A small hospital ward
  • Additional Features: No intermission


6m, 2f
TONY ELSEON - a college football star, 20
DAVE - a charity case, 20
WALTON - a middle-aged patient, 49
JOE - a hospital orderly
MISS ALBERS - a young nurse
FUSSY - nicknamed for MISS STUART, the head nurse
DR. NORTH - a young staff doctor
DR. HYNES - Dave's physician
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Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) explores passion with daring honesty, and forged a poetic theatre of raw psychological insight that shattered conventional proprieties and transformed the American stage. The autobiographical The Glass Menagerie brought what Mr. Williams called “the catastrophe of success,” a success capp ...

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