Jan 4 & 5 ( Mon & Tue) @ 7pm
3 Men, 5 Women -Various ages
All characters need to do a British accent (not cockney) except for Costanza
- Lotty Wilton – 30’s-40’s, Married to Mellersh. Quirky, genuine, and a closeted free-spirit who has followed the rules her whole life but wants more. She embraces her openness and generosity of spirit when she arrives in Italy.
- Rose Arnott – 30’s-40’s, Married to Frederick. Reserved, proper and uncomfortable with her novelist husband’s tawdry novels. Has closed herself off from others and has pulled away from her marriage for this and other reasons. Resists Lotty’s wild ideas for a while but surprisingly gives in. Embraces her loving nature when she experiences Italy.
- Mrs. Graves – 50’s – 70’s. Aggressive dowager, widowed. She believes that only the British perspective to have value and thinks that everyone including those from other countries should follow Britain’s customs. Quietly eludes to having lived an exciting and possibly illicit life when she and her husband associated with popular literary figures of the time. Currently, she presents herself as rigid and ill-tempered. But, throughout the second act, one wonders if Mrs. Graves is just lonely and has built a wall around her to protect herself from hurt.
- Lady Caroline Bramble – 20’s-30’s – Beautiful. single, from a wealthy, well-known family, wants quiet and to escape from rules and expectations of a societal woman. Blatantly pushes away the other women in an attempt to isolate herself from her responsibilities and judgement of others. However, she is never cruel or cold; she is somewhat envious of the “freedom” she perceives the others to have and by the end embraces them. She speaks Italian with Constanza so this actress needs to be able to speak the Italian phrases believably.
- Mellersh Wilton – Mid 30’s- 50’s, Married to Lotty. Discreet and respectable family solicitor, with a high opinion of himself. He is frugal (his perspective) or miserly (Lotty’s perspective) except where his food is concerned. Greatly concerned with the rules and expectations of society and what others think. He is standoffish when it comes to his wife but discreetly shows a tender and romantic side by the end of the play.
- Frederick Arnott – Mid 30’s- 50’s, Married to Rose. Writer of successful, salacious, novels but he writes under a pseudonym to respect his wife’s sensibilities. Spends most of his time away from her and knows Lady Caroline very well in his “other life.” Displays a desire to have an active social life, hobnobbing with London’s elite, much to his wife’s dismay. This character could mistakenly be portrayed as a playboy type but it becomes clear that he would like his wife along side of him and perhaps there is a small part of him that would like his “old” life back.
- Antony Wilding – 30’s-40’s, Has inherited the villa that the women are staying in. He is a free-thinker and an artist. While at the villa, he becomes smitten with Lotty because he sees her wild side but later moves his attention to Lady Caroline.
- Costanza – 50’s-70’s, Italian cook/maid. She speaks only Italian so this actress needs to be able to speak Italian but express the meaning via body language and facial expressions because there is no translation of her lines. She reacts with comic frustration at Mrs.Graves unreasonable demands.
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