Comedy in 2 acts
Place and Time: "Betty Meeks' Fishing Lodge Resort,
Tilghman County, Georgia, U.S.A.;" the recent past, spring
Persons of the Play:
S/Sgt. "FROGGY" LeSUEUR
M, "late forties, perhaps," British Army
sergeant, "well-fed, flushed with the spirit of adventure"
M, same age as "Froggy," also English,
"standing in his forlorn trenchcoat, [he] seems quietly,
somehow permanently, lost;" "I've sat behind my grey little
proofreader's desk for twenty-seven years"
The rest of the characters are from rural Georgia:
F, "more than seventy... like, everyone, is
wise about some things and naive about others"
REV. DAVID MARSHALL LEE
M, 20s-30s, "a friendly, open face... He
seems rather to be a regular fella -- humorous, and open, it
would appear, a good young man to have on our side."
F, 18 or 20, fiancee of David and pregnant by
him when the action of the play begins, "formidable little
figure... basilisk stare from her pretty face"
M, 20s-40s, "dank presence... Psychologists
tell us to beware of a man with two tattoos. One, he may
have gotten on a drunk or a dare. But two means he went
back. Owen is a two-tattoo man. "
M, Catherine's younger brother, "There
doesn't, we must admit, seem to be much to Ellard. He is a
lumpy, overgrown, backward youth, who spends much of his
time kneading something tiny and invisible in front of his
Set: "what was once the living-room of a log farmhouse,
now adapted for service as a parlor for paying guests... a
small counter with modest candy and tobacco displays, a
guest register, and a bell... one sofa too many, a small
stove and its woodbin;" a trap door is essential
Productions: Milwaukee Repertory Theater, January, 1983;
Place Theatre, New York, November, 1984
New York Cast:
- S/Sgt. "FROGGY" LeSUEUR: Larry Shue
- CHARLIE BAKER: Anthony Heald
- BETTY MEEKS: Sudie Bond
- REV. DAVID MARSHALL LEE: Robert Schenkkan
- CATHERINE SIMMS: Patricia Kalember
- OWEN MUSSER: Christopher Curry
- ELLARD SIMMS: Kevin Geer
- TOWNSPEOPLE: Chet Leaming, Donna Bullock, Richard
Biederman, Mary Ann Dorward
Quoted material above is taken directly from the
published text of the play.
A recording by L.A. Theatre Works featuring Johnny Galecki, Dina Waters, Joey Slotnick, and Paxton Whitehead
is in print.
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