FLORENCE - strong belt voice (to E). Mid-thirties. Born in Hungary (so
musn't look like an "All-American Girl"); has been brought up in America
since 1956. She is clever, theatrical, touching, vivacious, volatile.
Frederick's chess "second."
FREDDIE - Rock tenor (to C).
Mid-thirties. An American chess champion. A cross between Bobby Fisher
and John McEnroe. Arrogant and temperamental, but a genius; his chess
playing revolutionary. We need to see his artistry along with his danger
and his obsessiveness.
ANATOLY - Baritone (to G sharp). Early
forties. A Russian chess champion. Unexpectedly charming. He doesn't
seem a romantic hero at first, but becomes one through his personality.
An intelligent, feeling, passionate man.
MOLOKOV - Bass (down to F
sharp). Fifties. Not a fake, comic, stage Russian. Intellectually
formidable. Seemingly a father figure to Florence. Anatoly's chess
"second." An actor who sings well.
SVETLANA - strong belt voice. Late
thirties. Anatoly's wife. Domestic, wholesome, homey. A dramatic
contrast to Florence - not a contemporary cosmopolitan woman.
Bass-Baritone (down to G sharp). Fifties. A marketing agent. Seemingly
respectable, substantial, trustworthy. An actor who sings well.
ARBITER - rock high baritone (up to A). Thirty to early forties. International businessman. Smooth, but with a quick temper.