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Sidney Kingsley

SIDNEY KINGSLEY  (1906 - 1995)

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    Samuel French Inc  


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below is a list of Sidney Kingsley's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

Darkness At Noon         Dead End         Detective Story         Lunatics And Lovers         Men In White         Night Life         Patriots, The         Ten Million Ghosts         World We Make, The



Darkness At Noon

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1st Published:
Contained in: "The Best Plays 1950 1951" published by Dodd Mead 1951   -

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Genre:
One act

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Dead End

Synopsis:
against a brilliant setting, we are introduced to the street urchins, who only too readily turn to the devious methods of their elders in making their hard way in life; against a background of tenements and a magnificent East River apartment, standing side by side, we see unfold before us a story of gangsters and police, simple pleasures and vice, and of wealth flaunted in the face of poverty. a stirring story of young love is skillfully combined with the last efforts of a gangster to see his mother, and the young man's ultimate capture

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Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
Drama, full length

Parts:
Male:  22            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Detective Story

Synopsis:
The scene is the squad room and office in a New York police station. The playwright presents a fascinatingly realistic picture of routine cases brought into a metropolitan police station in the course of a day. Out of the welter of human misery, vice and stupidity there emerges the tragic and moving case of a decent young fellow who has stolen money from his employer. Though a woman who is in love with him comes to his help and the employer is offered everything that has been taken from him, the case has fallen into the hands of McLeod, a hardworking detective whose experience in police work has developed in him a mania for punishing all law breakers, whom he regards as incorrigibles. Nothing will satisfy him but brutal punishment. He is at work at the same time on a case involving an abortionist whose attorney, failing to move him by other means, forces McLeod's wife to confess to her husband that she had herself some years before made use of the services of the abortionist in question. Since McLeod worships his wife and finds in her the only happiness of his existence, his world collapses about him. The climax comes when McLeod gets involved with another prisoner who attempts to escape from the squad room with the aid of a revolver taken from one of the detectives. McLeod is shot and killed. This climax is a fitting end to McLeod's career. To the last, he had been bent upon doing what he considered his duty-in seeing that criminals obeyed the letter of the law at no matter what cost.

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1st Produced:
Hudson, NY    23 Mar 1949

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
Drama, full length

Parts:
Male:  24            Female:  8            Other:  several non-speaking extras and several of the males can be doubled): 20 total

Further Reference:
Wearing - The London Stage 50.54

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Lunatics And Lovers

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1st Produced:
Broadhurst Theatre, New York    1954

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1st Published:
Contained in: "Theatre 55" published by Random House 1955   -

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Genre:
Farce

Parts:
Male:  9            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Men In White

Sidney Kingsley
Moral issues surrounding abortion

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won the Pulitzer Prize

1st Produced:
Group Theatre    1933

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1st Published:
Covici Friede, New York 1933
Gollancz , London (1934)   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  9            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Night Life

Synopsis:
a wide assortment of characters gather in the play's setting: a gangster-run New York nightclub. They include a brutal and power-mad labor leader; a female singer who thinks she loves him; an idealistic young attorney haunted by memories of the man he had bayoneted in Korea; a foreign movie sex symbol with strong Lesbian leanings; and a weary old liberal, once a poet, now in the furniture business, who has drinking problems. While the sinister labor boss, who waits for news that his men have killed an honest union leader whom he had once worshipped, is the central figure in the action, the ex-poet is the focal point. Years ago, his son drowned while trying to save some strangers and his wife has never forgiven him. aware of his futility and the fact that he is looked upon as an old fool, he must give his own life to save the embittered young attorney from the labor man's knife. In the end, there is a moment of truth and revelation which probes deeply into the char-acters themselves and into the meaning of the play as a comment on modern society and its ills.

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Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
Drama, full length

Parts:
Male:  17            Female:  7            Other:  extras: 20 total

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Patriots, The

Synopsis:
This beautiful tribute to the American spirit is a chronicle history of the important years in Jefferson's life. Winner of the Critics Circle award. The play requires a large cast of characters, most of them men, and a number of sets

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Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
Historical Drama, full length

Parts:
Male:  18            Female:  5            Other:  20 total

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Ten Million Ghosts

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1st Produced:
St James Theatre, New York    1936

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  28            Female:  3            Other:  -

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World We Make, The

Synopsis:
Based on Brand's "The Outward Room." The play skillfully dramatizes the struggles of a sensitive girl to discover happiness by finding her proper place in life.

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1st Produced:
Guild Theatre, New York    20 Nov 1939

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
Drama, full length

Parts:
Male:  10            Female:  7            Other:  -

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