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The House

Written by

Tom Murphy

~playauthor~Written by~ Tom Murphy

Methuen Drama, 2006

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Scenes: 13, Roles: Total (12), Female (5), Male (7), Unassigned (0)

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...Summertime, and the emigrant workers, dressed in new suits and dreams, are returning home for the annual sojourn. They are young, vigorous, and have money in their pockets, but they do not belong here anymore – and they do not belong...

Too Late for Logic

Written by

Tom Murphy

~playauthor~Written by~ Tom Murphy

Methuen Drama, 2006

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Scenes: 7, Roles: Total (11), Female (5), Male (6), Unassigned (0)

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...Christopher, a philosophy professor preparing a lecture on the work of Schopenhauer, is engaged by his son and daughter, Jack and Petra, to help rescue his brother Michael. Michael's wife, Cornelia, has died, leaving Michael in a pit...

The Morning After Optimism

Written by

Tom Murphy

~playauthor~Written by~ Tom Murphy

Methuen Drama, 1994

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Scenes: 10, Roles: Total (4), Female (2), Male (2), Unassigned (0)

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...James, a temporarily retired pimp, is on the run from a shadowy pursuer. His mother has just died and he is cynical to the point of despair about what should become of him. With him is Rosie, his long-time 'girl', who encourages him...

Alice Trilogy

Written by

Tom Murphy

~playauthor~Written by~ Tom Murphy

Methuen Drama, 2006

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Acts: 3, Roles: Total (2), Female (1), Male (1), Unassigned (0)

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...Alice Trilogy is a haunting triptych of disappointment and gnawing sadness. Three acts, closer to monologues than conversations, show three ages in the life of Alice, an unhappy housewife. 1980, in the afternoon murk...

The Drunkard

Written by

Tom Murphy

~playauthor~Written by~ Tom Murphy

Methuen Drama, 2010

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Acts: 2, Scenes: 15, Roles: Total (12), Female (4), Male (8), Unassigned (0)

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...Edward Kilcullen is the almost entirely disinherited son of a local landowner, whose legacy is reduced to one small cottage, in which live his newly acquired tenants, Anabella and her mother, both almost totally penniless...

On the Inside

Written by

Tom Murphy

~playauthor~Written by~ Tom Murphy

Methuen Drama, 1997

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Roles: Total (12), Female (5), Male (7), Unassigned (0)

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...A companion piece of sorts to On the Outside, On the Inside shows the disappointing reality of the dance that others yearn so desperately to enter. It is the Teacher's Union dance, and at 6s per head entrance, only those with wages...

The Sanctuary Lamp

Written by

Tom Murphy

~playauthor~Written by~ Tom Murphy

Methuen Drama, 1994

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Acts: 2, Scenes: 4, Roles: Total (4), Female (1), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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...Harry is an out-of-work strongman seeking employment (and shelter) in the sanctuary of a local church. The priest of the church hires him as a clerk, but insists that the arrangement can't include domestic arrangements. He must leave...

The Wake

Written by

Tom Murphy

~playauthor~Written by~ Tom Murphy

Methuen Drama, 2006

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Scenes: 10, Roles: Total (10), Female (5), Male (5), Unassigned (0)

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...Vera O'Toole is alone, adrift and living dangerously in New York where she survives as a call-girl. But she has a sustaining thought, a dream. She is not alone, she feels, because she has a family in Ireland; she belongs; indeed, some day...

A Crucial Week in the Life of a Grocer's Assistant

Written by

Tom Murphy

~playauthor~Written by~ Tom Murphy

Methuen Drama, 1997

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Scenes: 12, Roles: Total (13), Female (5), Male (8), Unassigned (0)

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...John Joe Moran is a 34-year-old dreamer, a 'fooleen' of a man who can't decide whether to stick it out at home, or emigrate out to the great unknown. Instead, he toes neither line, choosing to half-working and half-dreaming his way...

Bailegangaire

Written by

Tom Murphy

~playauthor~Written by~ Tom Murphy

Methuen Drama, 2001

Modern Plays

Playtext

Acts: 2, Roles: Total (3), Female (3), Male (0), Unassigned (0)

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...In Bailegangaire, an endless folk story told by a senile old woman is woven through her granddaughters’ arguments and struggles to free themselves from her. Night after night, in lyrical and relentless detail, Mommo begins...