The Philadelphia Story

by  Philip Barry

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  9m, 6f

This Broadway hit starred Katharine Hepburn as Tracy Lord of the Philadelphia Lords, a headstrong and spoiled daughter of the privileged.

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The Philadelphia Story

by  Philip Barry

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    9m, 6f

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This Broadway hit starred Katharine Hepburn as Tracy Lord of the Philadelphia Lords, a headstrong and spoiled daughter of the privileged. Divorced from C.K. Dexter Haven, she is engaged to a successful young snob. A gossip weekly sends a reporter and a camerawoman to cover the wedding arrangements, and they are injected into the house by Tracy’s brother, who hopes to divert their attention from Father Lord’s romance with a Broadway dancer. Tracy finds herself growing interested in Connor, the fascinating reporter. At the end of a pre-wedding party, Tracy and Connor take a moonlight dip in the pool and meet her ex-husband and financé on their way back to the house. The following morning her intended agrees to forgive her, but his smug attitude enrages Tracy and she breaks off the engagement. Connor offers to marry her, but she turns him down and remarries Dexter, to the satisfaction of everyone.
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Keywords

Betrayal, Love, Marriage

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  • Minimum Fee: $125 per performance

Production

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  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Setting: Philadelphia suburbs, 1930's. The action takes place int he course of twenty-four hours at Seth Lord's house in the country, near Philadelphia.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

9m, 6f
ELSIE
ELIZABETH IMBRIE
THOMAS
C. K. DEXTER HAVEN
GEORGE KITTREDGE
EDWARD
MACAULAY CONNOR
MIKE
TRACY SAMATHA LORD
SETH LORD
DINAH LORD
WILLIAM TRACY
MAC
MAY
ALEXANDER LORD

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Philip Barry

Philip Jerome Quinn Barry (1896–1949) was born in Rochester, New York, to a successful Irish immigrant and a mother who was of old Philadelphia Irish‐Catholic stock. Young Barry was a frail child with defective eyesight, yet despite his myopia he became an avid reader and a precocious wit, entering Yale in 1914 and plu ...

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The Philadelphia Story premiered at the Shubert Theatre in New York on March 28, 1939.

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