MEN ARE INVITED TO READ - IN DRAG OR NOT. WE WILL TRY TO GET AN ALL MALE CAST. MEN - FIND YOUR ROLE BELOW...... :-)
Women are invited to attend and watch or listen.
The Women is a comedy of manners by Clare Boothe Luce.
The play is an acerbic commentary on the pampered lives and power struggles of various wealthy Manhattan socialites and up-and-comers and the gossip that propels and damages their relationships. While men frequently are the subject of their lively discussions and play an important role in the action on-stage, they are strictly characters mentioned but never seen.
The original Broadway production, directed by Robert B. Sinclair, opened on December 26, 1936 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, where it ran for 657 performances with an all-female cast that included Arlene Francis, Ilka Chase, and Marjorie Main. Claire Boothe Luce was named Woman of the Century by Time Magazine.
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Mary: [PLAYED BY NORMA SHEARER IN THE MOVIE] (Mrs. Haines): middle 30s, upper middle-class housewife, perfect, sweet, a model for other women, married to Stephen Haines with two children (little Mary and little Stephen), demure, faithful, innocent/positive outlook towards marriage
Crystal: [PLAYED BY JOAN CRAWFORD IN THE MOVIE] middle 20s, a VAMP, manipulative, a "user", (single until her marriage to Stephen), no children, lower-class, fragrance salesperson, flirtatious, deceitful, ambitious, manipulative, unfaithful, disrespectful
Sylvia: [PLAYED BY ROSILAND RUSSELL IN THE MOVIE] Alpha Female, bitchy, scheming, (Mrs. Fowler): 34, upper middle-class housewife, married to Howard Fowler with two children, gossiper, assertive, disloyal, dishonest, blunt, inconsiderate, selfish
Peggy: [PLAYED BY JOAN FONTAINE IN THE MOVIE] (Mrs. Day): 25, middle-class housewife (she has money but not her husband), married to John Day with no children (but longs for a child), innocent, compliant, awkward, sympathetic
Nancy Blake: 35, upper middle-class writer, single, possibly bi-sexual (virgin), traveler, blunt, direct, feminist, unemotional
Edith: (Mrs. Potter): 33/34, upper middle-class housewife, married to Phelps Potter with 4 children, one dimensional, dull, non-confrontational, does not like children, sexual tendencies, static
Mrs. Morehead: 55, upper middle-class, Mary's mother, presumably a widow, old fashioned/traditional, strict, wise
Countess De Lage: over-the-top dramatic, on the man-hunt constantly, middle-aged, upper middle-class, divorced four times, outgoing, hopeless romantic
Jane Mrs Wagstaff
Pedicurist Olga Mud-Mask (Mr. Phipps)
Euphie Cook (Ingrid)
First Saleswoman (Miss Shapiro)
First Model (Miss Myrtle)
Girl in Distress