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One Act, Short Play
9 men
Total Cast: 9, Flexible Set
ISBN-13: 978-0-8222-1309-3

MIN. PERFORMANCE FEE: $40 per performance.
THE STORY: 1775. Michael Rowen, an indentured servant from Ireland, watched his wife and children massacred by Indians. Determined to survive in the hostile wilderness of Eastern Kentucky, he swindles an old trapper, murders an innocent boy and sets up gun trade with the Indians. They give him land he craves with a warning that it is haunted; in return, Rowen promises more gunpowder and gives them blankets tainted with smallpox. Clutching a gold watch stolen from the dead trapper, Rowen sets in motion a legacy of corruption that will curse his valley and its people for generations to come. (See The Kentucky Cycle.)