The Chalk Garden


Enid Bagnold

Published by Samuel French Inc

2 Male 7 Female

An English gentlewoman lives with her granddaughter and devotes her life to simple if eccentric pursuits. Her chief concern is her garden and her chief diversion is advertising for a companion to her granddaughter

She interviews the applicants knowing that she has no intention of hiring them. One candidate is not so easily disposed of. She is an expert gardener and such an excellent manager that the butler, who has always ruled the domicile, dies in a fit of exasperation

There is something strange about the woman though, something in her past that must be discovered when a famous jurist comes to dinner

"A tantalizing, fascinating and stimulating piece of theatre" ~ N.Y. Daily News

"A very fresh and personal kind of play with wit, literacy, and an almost unearthly integrity" ~ N.Y. Herald Tribune

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