Comedy in 1 act
Place and Time: a college dormitory, nighttime, early
Persons of the Play:
These five are college undergraduates:
ARTHUR "WOODY" MILWOOD
M, "wry, fly-haired, easily bewildered,
hopeful, wishy-washy... among friends, his unprepossessing
character is occasionally rescued by the emergence of a
certain madness -- what might even be called talent or
brilliance were it applied to any remotely useful endeavor"
M, "plump, glistening, shirtless, sleeping
hulk... a sort of orotund dignity... given his lofty spirit,
and considering he would rather look different and be
somewhere else, he is astonishingly patient"
M, resembles the "uncomely but resourceful"
badger, "stirs things up around here, usually just to see
what will happen"
M, African-American, does a good Ringo Starr
(The four men engage in fantasy as a defense, and because
it's fun. "Somehow, when it was time to put away childish
things, they all looked around, saw no one watching, and
decided to keep theirs." There is an air of "desperate
F, "well-appointed, clear-eyed, well-washed,
willful and pleasant to behold. A sort of New England
no-nonsense attitude about everything is her greatest asset,
as well as her greatest flaw."
F, "the housemother, whom, alas, we are never
to see -- but from her shrill Southern voice and the height
at which people address her through the doorway, we can tell
that she's real little, and real old, and not what you'd
call that smart"
Set: old dormitory room
Productions: Milwaukee Repertory Theater, 1979
- WOODY: James Pickering
- BADGE: Bruce Somerville
- BEN DAVIDSON: Jack McLaughlin-Gray
- ESPERANZA: Michael Simpson
- PAULA: Heather Moore
- MA PRESLEY: Norma Levin
Quoted material above is taken directly from the
published text of the play.
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