Sunday, January 12, 2014
12:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Portland Players, 420 Cottage Road, South Portland, ME
Written from his sick bed in Shanghai, in 1930, Coward said that “Private Lives”’ tells “the sophisticated tale of a couple who can’t live with or without each other.” In typical Coward fashion, the play is liberally sprinkled with fast and hilarious repartee and the hint of farce. When it opened to packed houses on Broadway, the New York review noted of the principals, “They are only adults under the skin. They are really sulky adolescents on long legs and the humour they distil is
Performances run March 21 - April 6, 2014.
To bring this smash hit comedy to life, we require the following characters:*
Amanda Prynne (25 to 40):
Sharp-witted, glamorous, strong-willed and passionate. Defies the conventional gender roles of her time. Must be able to carry a tune. (Lead)
Elyot Chase (30 to 40):
Witty and cynical. Wealthy and fashionable, accustomed to luxury, self-indulgent. Mocks convention and insists upon facing social expectations by being “flippant.” Lives for the moment. (Lead)
Sibyl Chase (20 to 30):
Elyot’s second wife. In comparison to Amanda (who is somewhat older) she is shallow, inexperienced and exaggeratedly feminine. Given to dramatic tears
Victor Prynne (35 to 45):
Amanda’s second husband. Plays the conservative counterpart to Elyot’s sophisticated flippancy. “Serious,” proper and moderate in all things. A caricature of manly chivalry. (Lead)
Louise (20 to 30):
French Maid. Appears briefly in Act III. No specific age. Not a farcical music hall French Maid, but very much of the servant class. Must speak French or be able to reproduce dialog in French with a credible accent. (Support)
*Ages for roles are flexible. Actors who best fit the role will be cast.
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