Call it Even
by Lauren Ennis
Cast of Characters
RUSSELL: George is a successful businessman in his
mid-thirties. He is attractive as well as charming, cunning and ruthless
in both his professional and personal life. He has little regard for his
wife, Audrey, and resents her independence and devotion to her career.
He maintains numerous connections to organized crime which he uses to
his advantage in advancing his career.
RUSSELL: Audrey is a tabloid writer at the Los Angeles
Times who hopes to obtain a position as a reporter. She maintains a
level of sophistication despite her husband’s insistence that she is an
unrefined ‘Okie’. She is also in her mid-thirties and attractive.
Rhonda is a former starlet turned taxi-dancer. She is sultry, ambitious,
and in many ways George’s female counterpart. She is in her late
Jake is George’s lawyer and best friend. Although he is
involved in George’s schemes, he lacks George’s ruthlessness and is
generally ruled by his conscience. He is in his mid-thirties and average
Ollie is a local mob boss who owns the Blue Canary Dancehall. He is
violent, and intimidating.
Kay is Audrey’s best friend and co-worker. She is intelligent,
sarcastic, and a loyal friend. She is in her early thirties and average
Ted is the bartender at the Blue Canary. He is amiable and does his best
to look out for the dancehall’s other employees.
A local prosecutor.
A local judge.
A play chronicling the events leading up to the murder of
mob-connected businessman George Russell in 1940s Los Angeles. The play
starts with George and his friend/business partner, Jake, trying to obtain
financial backing for a casino they plan to open. George uses his mob
connections to secure backing from local gangster and dancehall owner,
Ollie. While arranging business with Ollie, George meets and begins an
affair with former starlet turned taxi-dancer Rhonda, despite the fact that
he is married to tabloid writer Audrey. In order to avoid the expenses of a
divorce while financing a comeback for Rhonda, George forms a scheme to have
Audrey institutionalized in a mental hospital despite her seemingly sound
mental health. When Audrey discovers George’s plan she and Jake create their
own plot to obtain revenge.
Carmarillo State Mental Hospital: The office is spacious, and sparsely
furnished, containing only a wooden desk and matching chair, a
bookshelf, and a small couch. The only decoration on the walls is a
framed copy of the psychiatrist’s certificate. The office also contains
a window that overlooks the front grounds of the hospital.
Blue Canary Dancehall: The dancehall contains a large hardwood floor and
numerous tables with small lamps on them. It is decorated in a tropical
style with paper models of exotic birds hanging from the ceiling and
numerous fake palm trees.
Ollie’s Office: The office is a modest size and contains a large table
and several leather chairs.
The Den of George and Audrey’s House: The den is furnished with a coffee
table, writing desk, sofa, and two leather chairs.
Jake’s Office: The office is furnished with a modest desk, two chairs
and a small bookshelf.
Rhonda’s Apartment: It is small, sparsely furnished with a worn sofa, a
counter top, a small table and a record player.
The Living Room of George and Audrey’s House: The room is spacious and
elaborately furnished with a grand piano, liquor cabinet, a sofa,
several chairs, a radio, a large mantle containing a mirror, and a
The Main Office of the Los Angeles Times: The office contains numerous
workstations made up of desks and typewriters.
The Blue Canary Dressing Room: The dressing room contains a large vanity
with a matching mirror that is lined with chairs, and a closet
containing the dancer’s outfits.
George and Audrey’s Bedroom: The bedroom contains a large bed, a vanity,
a closet, and a nightstand. Atop the nightstand is a phone.
Dr. Maclean’s Office: The office is small and contains a desk and two
matching chairs. The walls are adorned with various photos of Freud,
Jung, and women allegedly suffering from hysteria. On the wall behind
the desk is a framed copy of the doctor’s psychiatric license.
Mocambo Nightclub: The club is decorated in a Latin American theme
including glass cages filled with exotic birds, imitation flowers, and
George and Audrey’s Garage: The garage is dark and littered with various
yard tools and other items.
Library: A public library containing several aisles of books and a table
to read at.
Courtroom: The courtroom contains a twelve seat jury box, two chairs
behind the jury box, a large desk at which the judge sits, and a raised
seat next to the judge’s desk that serves as a witness stand.
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