"Intelligent, inventive and funny." - The New York Times
"I really don't know when I've had more fun. It blends farce, pathos into a work of total theatre." - New York Daily News
KeywordsAging, Death, Love, Marriage, Parenting/Family, Politics, Sexuality, Black/African-American Interest, LGBTQ+ Interest
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $125 per performance
- Optional Music/Media Fee: $25 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary, 1980s, Victorian (British and American)
- Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: Africa, 1880, and London, 1980.
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
CLIVE - a colonial administrator
BETTY - his wife, played by a man
JOSHUA - his black servant, played by a white
EDWARD - his son, played by a woman
VICTORIA - his daughter, a dummy
MAUD - his mother-in-law
ELLEN - Edward's governess
HARRY BAGLEY - an explorer
MRS. SAUNDERS - a widow (played by the same actress who plays Ellen)
BETTY - now played by a woman (normally the same actress who plays Edward)
EDWARD - her son, now played by a man (normally the same actor who plays Betty)
VICTORIA - her daughter (normally played by the same actress who plays Maud)
MARTIN - Victoria's husband (normally played by the same actor who plays Harry)
LIN - a lesbian single mother (normally played by the same actress who plays Ellen/Mrs. Saunders)
CATHY - Lin's daughter, age 5, played by a man (normally the same actor who plays Clive)
GERRY - Edward's lover (normally played by the same actor who plays Joshua)
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
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Cloud 9 premiered at the Dartington College of Arts in Totnes, England, on February 14, 1979.