Cover image (of Herbert Berghof) by Lamont O'Neal

A Time to Die

Eric Bentley

This play is included in the collection:


A TIME TO DIE might be regarded as a Sophocles Variation, inspired as it is by the ANTIGONE of Sophocles, and A TIME TO LIVE as a Euripides Variation being inspired by the ANDROMACHE of Euripides. This edition brings both into the twenty-first century.

Production Info

Cast: 4 total (1 female, 3 male)
Short Drama (about 45 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“Both [plays] are fascinating.” —Kevin Kelly

“I experienced a powerful grip of terror and pity … A TIME TO DIE carries its message for today with enormous poetry.” —Lee Baxandall

“They are so witty and so young.” —George Tabori

“A rejuvenating experience.” —Joseph Chaikin

“Nothing that I know of in recent theatre touches quite the moral depth of these plays.” —Tom F. Driver

“Steeped in human passions on many levels, A TIME TO LIVE is a challenging play, an evocative play, and finally, a noble play.” —Stanley Richards

About the Author


  • Eric Bentley

    Eric Bentley was born in England in 1916, became an American citizen in 1948, in 1998 was inducted into the (American) Theatre Hall of Fame, and in 2011 won a gold medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Scholar, critic, teacher, performer, translator, and, finally, playwright , he has had many books published and many plays and adaptations performed. Several of his critical works have become classics, notably The Playwright as Thinker, Thinking about the Playwright, and The Life of the Drama. Today, nine of his plays are published by Northwestern University Press in three volumes entitled RALLYING CRIES, MONSTROUS MARTYRDOMS, and THE KLEIST VARIATIONS. Four more Bentley titles have recently been published by Broadway Play Publishing Inc: ROUND ONE, ROUND TWO, A TIME TO DIE AND A TIME TO LIVE, and THE STERNHEIM TRILOGY. He died in August 2020.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 7/15/2011
Pages 106
ISBN 9780881454963

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

Premiered at HB Playwrights Theater in New York

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
A Time to Die is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC