- PROFESSOR JACK KING: Early 50s, the
assistant director who will now take over the Studio. He is affable,
with a resonant voice. He has primarily been a Shakespearean actor, but
has a flair for the occasional one-liner. He is grieving the loss of his
best friend, mentor and idol, so tries to keep composed.
- DAN TURCOTTE: Mid 40s, a down and
out comedian. Was once successful on Broadway. He accepted a job
teaching acting at a private school in London, but some bad investments
led to a reversal of fortune. He has always been a drinker, but now it
is apparent that he abuses alcohol. He takes any engagement that he can
possibly get, training films, voiceovers, one-night club jobs. He
pretends that he is a big name in England.
- ANDREA COOLIDGE: Early 20s,
currently an acting student. Protégé of Jack King. She is observant and
intelligent, showing a fresh exuberance when she meets former members of
the Studio that she has come to love.
- MISS EMERALD SMITH: Late 30s, but
only admits to being in her late 20s. The reigning queen of drama on
Broadway. She is flashy, uses big gestures, and is always “on stage,”
constantly posing for photos. She knows that age is her enemy, however,
and worries that she will not have anything more after this run.
- TAREEN ADAMS: Early 30s, Miss
Emerald’s photographer. She is quiet, mild-mannered, thoroughly in awe
of Miss Emerald, and madly in love with Charles Hill.
- CHARLES HILL: Early 40s, Miss
Emerald’s publicist-agent. Madly in love with himself.
- JESSIE CHADWICK: 40s, a director
who received an invitation to the gathering. Prof. Divine went backstage
to meet her after seeing one of her plays a few months earlier. She is
an energetic woman with a quick wit and ready smile.
Jeff Divine, the founding director of a
college theater, has passed away – but his influence lives in the members of
his drama studio. A fun loving man, with an engaging wit and sarcastic sense
of humor, he instilled in his students a love of all things theatrical –
from well-written words, to cleaning up the stage after the performance. In
his final director’s notes, read by students representing different stages
of his career, he reveals his keen, almost mystical, powers of observation,
and insight into their lives.
SettingThe interior of a small college
theater. The stage has a cyclorama curtain. At least six chairs of different
types/styles are set in a semi-circle around a wooden table, center. Pieces
of past stage sets are stored at the back - Greek pillars from Antigone, a
lavishly draped (swags and jabots.) window from Grand Hotel/Blithe Spirit,
steps from Julius Caesar/ Murder in the Cathedral, a balcony from Romeo and
NOTE: Scenery or set pieces from other
plays may be used. A few other pieces of furniture and some odd props may be
placed randomly to create the atmosphere of a college theater between
productions. (For example, an umbrella, a fringed lamp, trellis, worn out
Christmas tree, footstool, gong, bucket.). Main entrance is UR, leading to
stage door and street. Entrance L leads to a hallway and dressing room.
Sandra McNiff is a speech-language pathologist, actress, and
soprano who has a passion for writing. She has been involved in some aspect of theater or
music for more than 40 years. During her career, she has produced and directed a
childrens summer theater, worked as a professional puppeteer, performed in musical
and non-musical theatrical presentations, staged chancel dramas and pageants, and served
in various technical capacities, from stage hand to sound technician. In addition, she has
written grants and volunteered as an officer and board member of several artistic
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