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Tantalus - Full Length Play


Catherine Arley, Ian Cullen

Full Length Play

5m, 1f

ISBN: 9780822211105

Anton Korff, aide to a mysterious ailing recluse, who is reputed to be…

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Anton Korff, aide to a mysterious ailing recluse, who is reputed to be one of the world's richest men, interviews a young woman who has applied for a position as nurse for the aging multi-millionaire. Korff's questioning centers on whether the applicant, Hilde, is completely unattached and whether (as she has stated in her letter of inquiry) she would indeed do anything for money. Once satisfied of her qualifications, Korff adds a startling requirement: If she is taken on he will legally adopt her as his daughter; he will also maneuver his employer, Karl Richmond, into proposing marriage to her, and she will sign a letter paying over a large sum of money to him in the event of her would-be husband's death. Hilde accepts his terms, and thereafter the action of the play moves darkly and deviously to its menacing conclusion—but with so many strange events and tantalizing developments along the way that the truth of what transpires remains clouded until the final, surprising moments of the play.
Based on a bestselling French novel, this masterpiece of suspense enjoyed successful productions in Paris and London before its highly acclaimed Off-Broadway presentation. Filled with twists and turns of plot as it unfolds its tale of intrigue and possible murder, the play cleverly holds back its biggest surprise until its exciting and unexpected conclusion. "TANTALUS is stylish and fun…amiably creepy entertainment." —NY Times.


5m, 1f


Catherine Arley

Catherine Arley is a French actress and writer. She appeared in several films in the 1940s and 1950s, including The Death Agony of the Eagles, The Seventh Door and A Certain Mister. She has written several novels, including The Woman of Straw, To Die Without You, Retaliation, and The Government Action. Her play Tantalus, written with Ian Cullen, is based on her novel The Woman of Straw and is ... view full profile

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