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The Envoi Messages

Louis Phillips
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Set in the Midwest during the Depression, this play is about a twelve-year-old girl who works for Western Union, delivering messages both real and imaginary.

Production Info

Cast: 10 total (4 female, 6 male, doubling)
Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Period Costumes
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Press Quotes

“Western Union has arrived with messages sent from the 1930s when all was not well with the world. ENVOI MESSAGES sends clear messages of both desperation and optimism. The play is a tight knit story about messages and how they affect both the people who receive them and those that must deliver the news, good or bad.” —Roberta Seabury, Contra Costa Times

“… the problem with Louis Phillips is that he is an obscure poet and brilliant playwright. In most ordinary people, one or the other of these blessings is possible — not both …” —Stanley Kramer, from foreword to the play

About the Author


  • Louis Phillips

    Louis Phillips, a widely published poet, playwright, and short story writer, has written some 50 books for children and adults. Among his published works are: five collections of short stories — A Dream of Countries Where No One Dare Live (SMU Press), The Bus to the Moon (Fort Schuyler Press), and The Woman Who Wrote King Lear and Other Stories (Pleasure Boat Studio), Fireworks in Some Particulars (Fort Schuyler Press) and Must I Weep for The Dancing Bear (Pleasure Boat Studio). Hot Corner, a collection of his baseball writings, and R.I.P. (a sequence of poems about Rip Van Winkle) from Livingston Press; THE ENVOI MESSAGES, and THE LAST OF THE MARX BROTHERS' WRITERS, full-length plays,(Broadway Play Publishing). His books for children include: The Man Who Store The Atlantic Ocean (Prentice Hall & Camelot Books), The Million Dollar Potato (Simon and Schuster) and How to Wrestle an Alligator (Avon). His sequence of poems — The Time, The Hour, The Solitariness of the Place — was the co-winner in the Swallow's Tale Press competition (1984). Among his published books of poems are: The Krazy Cat Rag (Light Reprint Press), Bulkington (Hollow Spring Press), The Time, The Hour, The Time, The Hour, The Solitariness of the Place (Swallow's Tale Press), Celebrations & Bewilderments (Fragments Press). He edited Best Loved Poems (Random House) and The Random House Book of Humorous Verse. Other books include: Gertrude Stein in Dayton & Other Plays, American Elegies and Late Night in the Rain Forest (World Audience Publishers). He teaches at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 6/1/1985
Pages 78
ISBN 9780881450316

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:

Originally produced by Indiana Rep

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