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The Challenge

A Play in One Act

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    Winifred M. Letts 

  • Setting

    A crumbling North Dublin residence, 1890.

  • Synopsis

    Charles Caulfield, a gentleman of advanced years, tells his butler about a long-dead sweetheart whose diary has just come into his possession. The conversation is interrupted by the sudden appearance of an old acquaintance. A heated argument ensues as Caulfield accuses Buchanan of having once harboured feelings for the author of the diary and kissing her. Buchanan admits it and eventually has to reach for his pistol to defend himself. Before the two men can finish their duel, Caulfield drops dead from a heart attack.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male

    3

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

Original Cast  
James Buchanan Fred O'Donovan (1)
Charles Caulfield Arthur Sinclair
Terence, a butler J A O'Rourke

RIGHTS INFORMATION

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION

The information for this entry was taken from Ireland's Abbey Theatre: A History 1899-1951 by Lennox Robinson.