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Billy Goes To War — a Play to End All Wars

a play by Harley Marshall

(Perfect for Professional, College/University, Community and High School productions)


Billy Bunders is the luckiest or unluckiest boy who ever lived. From his birth, on the 4th of July 1900, in Kansas––the son of a German immigrant––Billy survives catastrophic event after catastrophic event: The War to End All Wars; World War II; even the presence of The Korean Conflict, horrifies him; as did the Spanish-American War that haunted his father and affected Billy second-hand. With pointed pathos and barbed politicism, “Billy Goes To War” becomes an intensely involving history lesson as seen through Billy’s eyes and lived through Billy’s actions and with his point of view: “War is …weird!” Dark humor permeates this unsettling play for these darkening times. A small cast makes this a perfect play for any group. Designed as a minimalist play, little scenery is needed. Simple costumes and props, and the actors’ imaginations fill in the graphic visual fabric of the play. He becomes a witness to and unwilling participant in unimaginable horrors. One reviewer described it as a “politically charged play.” It may not sound like it, but Billy Goes to War is also funny … very funny.


  • 5m 5f (players may play additional small roles, many roles may be played by performers of either gender)
  • Simple costumes and props
  • scenic demands are light
  • 60-70 minutes
  • ORDER #3048



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  • Script in PDF format — Order #3048a : $20.00 (will be sent to you by email, from which you will be authorized to print copies for your production)

  • First Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3148d : $55.00


  • Second Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3148e : $45.00

  • Professional Royalties will be quoted upon application
  • Performance License Application: LBTLicenseApplication072017 No production rights can be granted until this application is filled out and sent to us.


  • PREMIERE: The Daytime Players – Portland, Maine — August 2017 


    The following is how the credits should read in all programs, posters, fliers, handbills and other promotional advertising for the show:
    Billy Goes To War

    Harley Marshall

    NOTE: The names of the Playwright(s), Composer, Lyricist, and Bookwriter shall be equal in size, type, coloring, boldness, and prominence. No billing shall appear in type larger or more prominent than the billing to the Authors except for the title of the play.

    Billy Goes To War” is presented through special arrangement with Leicester Bay Theatricals.  All authorized materials are also supplied by LBT,”

    from the catalog of