The Women:

It’s not only “The Women”, the 1936 classic by Clare Boothe Luce, it’s all women--30 or 40 of them.  Because although the topic is men – how to get one, how to keep one, how to juggle one or two, how to get rid of one, and how to steal one who belongs to someone else, a man never appears on stage.  This iconic play calls for a large cast of women of all ages.  A number of actresses will play more than one role.  Also needed is a young girl 10-12 years of age.  It’s high style, high comedy, high drama, and a bit of camp.  “Shall I spit in Crystal’s eye for you?  No?  Well, you’re passing up a swell chance sister!  Where I spit no grass grows ever!”

So don’t pass up this swell chance.  Auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday, November 2 and 3 at 7 PM at Little Theater of Norfolk located at 801 Claremont Avenue in the Ghent section of Norfolk.  Actresses will be asked to read from the script.  Those who are cast must be available for rehearsals over the November and December holiday season.  “The Women” opens January 8.


MARY – (Mrs. Stephen Haines) Very pretty in a wholesome way, Mary is a society matron in her middle to late 30’s.  Married with 2 children, a bit smug about her happy, successful marriage, she has no idea her husband is having an affair with the sultry man trap Crystal Allen.  Listening to the “good advice” of her girl friends, she soon finds her  marriage in tatters and her world turned upside down.

SYLVIA – (Mrs. Howard Fowler) Middle to late 30’s. Glassy, elegant, cynical, feline, and conniving Sylvia knows everything about everyone,  is happy to tell it, and has no idea what is going on under her nose in her own marriage.  She makes sure Mary finds out about Stephen’s affair, urges Mary as her as her very best friend to divorce Stephen, and then drops Mary for the man trap, Crystal Allen.

EDITH – (Mrs. Phelps Potter) Late 30’s, seemingly older than Mary and Sylvia.  Not all the money in the world can make Edith look anything but frumpy.  Pregnant when first introduced, Edith is completely self-involved.  She would never bestir herself to be either deliberately malicious or generous.

NANCY – (Miss Blake) An unmarried author, Nancy is sleek, sharp, worldly and yet virginal.  She is not acid.  She is clever and perceptive.

PEGGY – (Mrs. John Day) Peggy is young and easily swayed.  Innocent and still finding her feet in society, Peggy instinctively follows the stronger will.  Following the advice of Sylvia soon lands her in Reno, the divorce mecca of the country.

CRYSTAL (Miss Allen; later the new Mrs. Stephen Haines) Late 20’s to early 30’s, a knockout.  Crystal is totally avaricious and amoral.  Determined to claw her way up the ladder of society no matter who gets in her way.  She is lower class aping what she thinks are the manners of the society women she sees.  She can be charming, but displays her more common roots the moment she is crossed.  Make no mistake, Crystal loves only Crystal.

LITTLE MARY – (Daughter of Mary and Stephen) A sweet sheltered, but strong willed child who will grow up to be just like her mother.

MRS. MOREHEAD – (Mary’s mother) A wise, sophisticated stylish woman who has seen it all and is not fooled by or surprised by much.  She dearly loves her daughter and grandchildren.

FLORA – (The Countess DeLage and later Mrs. Buck Winston) Much married middle to late 50’s, Flora has more money than sense.  Her youth is gone, but she does not realize it.  She has always put her faith in love, “L’amour, l’amour!”

LUCY – (We never learn her last name) Late 40’s, but could be older. Life has been hard on her out in the Reno desert.  Lucy runs the hotel where wealthy women stay the 6 weeks required to establish the residency for a quickie Reno divorce.  She has nothing in common with the wealthy, spoiled society women she caters to.  She has worked hard all of her life with little to show, and no end in sight.  Lucy accepts her lot philosophically, and is resolutely cheerful.

MIRIAM – (Miss Aarons and later the second Mrs. Howard Phelps) The classic showgirl with a heart of gold, Miriam tells it like it is.  She is ambitious and not above stealing someone’s husband, but is unabashed about it.  Sassy and irreverent, she becomes a true friend to Mary.

OLGA – (The manicurist)  A pivotal character part, Olga is the one who spills the beans about Stephen and Crystal to all of her society clients, and finally to Mary herself.  Did anyone think all of those women were really coming in for “Jungle Red”?

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