The Ballad of the Sad Cafe
adapted to the stage by Edward Albee, from the novella by Carson McCullers
14 men, 6 women: 20 total
Produced on Broadway. "It is beautiful, absorbing, exciting, touching and absolutely enthralling—a notable addition to the literature of our contemporary stage." —NY Daily News. "It is an engrossing evening, a salutary success for all concerned." —NY Journal-American. "It is both beautiful and grotesque, a small masterpiece exquisitely written in a mysterious and strange style." —Women's Wear Daily.
Book/Item: THE BALLAD OF THE SAD CAFE
Book Type: DPS
FEE: $75 per performance. Includes use of the incidental music composed for the New York production by William Flanagan. SPECIAL NOTE: The music is available on CD through the Play Service for $75.00, plus shipping and handling. [Note that the fee for the play remains the same whether or not the music is used, it being Mr. Albee's wish that all groups should include the music in their productions.]
THE STORY: Amelia, the proprietor of the Sad Cafe, throws her new husband out of their bedroom on their wedding night. Torn between anger and desire the husband finally leaves town only to return some years later to find Amelia showering all her affection on a dwarf cousin who has come to live with her. At their first meeting the dwarf is hopelessly attracted to the husband. In turn, the husband moves back into the Sad Cafe, threatening to run away with the dwarf if Amelia objects. The day of reckoning soon arrives and the husband and wife meet to settle their differences with their bare hands.
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