NIKOLAI GOGOL - A energetic writer in his forties. He dresses conservatively for the romantic styles of the early 1840's: gray trousers, a quiet plalid vest, an off-white shirt with a starched collar, a cravat, a dark frock coat, and black shoes. He also wears a tattered and torn overcoat. The actor who is cast as GOGOL must be capable of doing a varity of characterizations. With minimal added costume pieces, he enters his story and also appears:
As the CHIEF CLERK - A conscientious but congenial office director in his mid-thirties. He is crisp, efficient. He wears a clerks's visor.
As GREGORY PETROVICH - the tailor
And as THE VERY IMPORTANT PERSON, THE DOCTOR, and THE PRIEST
AKAKY AKAKIEVICH - A poor copy clerk in his mid-fifties. His style of dress is similar to that of GOGOL'S, but his clothes show evidence of long wear; he has no frock coat. He wears GOGOL'S tattered overcoat. He later wears a magnificent new overcoat which for purposes of the dramatic action is constructed in three sections.
NENA YEGJOROVNA - AKAKY'S landlady. She is a wise and warm spinster in her late forties. She wears a simple neat plaid dress and ballet slippers in the style of the period.
OTHER CHARACTERS - A minimum of THREE MEN and TWO WOMEN are necessary to create all the other characters. All underdress in basic long-sleeved back leotards and overdress in easily removable basic period costumes. Roles include:
IVAN IVANOVICH YEROSHKIN
CLERKS ONE, TWO, and THREE
THEIFS ONE, TWO, and THREE
AIDES ONE, TWO, and THREE
ARINA SEMENOVNA WHITETUMKIN