The Late, Great Hawkins Long
by Alan David Perkins
Copyright © 1992


One-act drama.


A pounding on the door in the middle of the night at the remote Montana home of Bob and Jane Dixon reveals Stan Jones, manager of Hawkins Long, one of the greatest rock n' roll idols who ever lived. Stan brings news to Bob that Hawkins Long has died, which puts Bob in an extremely sticky situation.


JANE DIXON - Female, late 30's. Plain and strong.
STAN JONES - Male, mid 50's to late 60's. A craggy character who speaks with a thick Southern accent.
BOB DIXON - Male, late 30's to mid 40's. Larger than life and distinctive, but notably "toned-down."


25 - 30 minutes.


The play takes place in the living room of the Dixon's remote Montana home. It should be cozy with a front door, sofa and possibly a stairway or archway leading to the bedroom.


What if Elvis hadn't died. What if he got tired of it all and retired to some remote place where they've never heard of him, and Colonel Parker put an impersonator in his place?

The joy of this little play is how it unfolds. It isn't until halfway through that you know exactly what is happening, and by that time they have to do something about it.

Like most of my plays, I parked this on the shelf for many a moon. When I received the call from the Fitton Center in Hamilton, Ohio, I wasn't sure what play had won (I sent them a few). I was kind of stunned when I found out it was this one. I don't credit myself as writing heavy drama well.

To this day the ending is under deliberation. Everyone who has read it feels the end should be different.


The entire script of The Late, Great Hawkins Long is available upon request from the playwright. No production of this play can take place without permission from the playwright.