Lobelia Lodge

by  B.J. Burton

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 5f

On the first weekend of summer, Elsie and her friends meet at their cabin in the woods. As Elsie struggles to repair the dilapidated retreat, the other women become too distracted by their own problems to get involved. Elsie hammers away at loose siding, while her best friend, Diane, drinks wine c…

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Lobelia Lodge

by  B.J. Burton

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 5f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

On the first weekend of summer, Elsie and her friends gather at their cabin in the woods for their annual meeting. As Elsie struggles to repair their dilapidated retreat, the other women become distracted by their own problems. Elsie hammers away trying to fix the place, while her best friend, Diane, drinks wine coolers. One evening during Art Night, when they celebrate their artistic pursuits, the women-only weekend is interrupted by two mysterious men who emerge from the woods. Elsie tries to deal with her unmistakable attraction to one of the men at the same time she is forced to deal with the real reason for the meeting. As old and new wounds resurface, conflicts erupt between the hold of the past and the need to let go. Elsie discovers the fate of the lodge as she rediscovers the value of friendship.
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"All the women in the play are part of what I've experienced. In my own life, my women friends have been very supportive of me...and I wanted to write something about that." - B.J. Burton as quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A rustic cabin in the woods.The set should include a section of the exterior porch as well as a section of the interior living room.
  • Additional Features: Local Celebrity Cameo, Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)


3m, 5f
ELSIE - female, 30s, passionate, loves nature
JILL - female, 20s, in love with boyfriend, Chris
CHRIS - male, 20s, in love with Jill
DIANE - female, 40s, divorced twice, drinks too much
STELLA - female, 30s, very attractive, sings well, not used to the country
AUNT WINNIE - female, 60s, stern, controlling
NELSON - male, 30s, appears first badly in need of a shave; looks like he could be a psychiatrist or a mountain man
DEEDER - male, 30s, Nelson's good buddy
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast

Casting Notes

If needed, CHRIS and DEEDER may be played by the same actor.


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B.J. Burton

B.J. Burton is the author of several full-length plays, including Lobelia Lodge (published by Samuel French), Hunting Season, Room for Love, For the Record, and The Dangers of Lightning. Audiences have seen her work performed at InterAct Theatre Company, Hedgerow Theatre, Players Club of Swarthmore, The Brick Playhous ...

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Lobelia Lodge was originally produced by Theatre Widener, Charles B. Smith, Artistic Director, at the Burt Mustin Theatre, Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania, on April 26, 1995. It was directed by Patrick F. McDade.

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