Out of the Frying Pan
by Francis Swann
Full Length Play, Comedy / 7m, 5f
Produced in New York City. Three young men and three young women share an apartment in all innocence; they are would be stage folk and they are doing this for economic security. Their apartment is immediately above that of a Broadway producer who is about to cast a road company. They rehearse the pl…
- Minimum Fee: $90 per performance
- Setting: The living room of a brownstone front apartment in New York City.
GEORGE BODELL - about 23. A large, lazy and completely good-natured young man. His voice is slow and he has a dry, flat way of saying things.
NORMAN REESE - age 22. He is the capable member of the group. He takes care of things, sees that appointments are kept, watches over the others like a mother hen with her chicks.
TONY DENNISON - the handsomest of the three boys. He is tall and deeply sincere, but is inclined to be a bit discouraged at the moment. About 24.
KATE AULT - the cynic of the crowd. She is tall and dark. She has probably been in New York trying to get a break in the theater for a longer time than any of the others. About 21.
MARGE BENSON - Young, dark, and attractive-- a little more serious than the others-- and in being more serious, seems a little older-- about 21.
DOTTIE COBURN - A petite, blonde girl, young and attractive, always a little vague. She is of the "Dumb Dora" type, but quite cheerful and happy about everything. She is the baby of the crowd-- at 18-- but seems to be even younger than that.
MRS GARNET - their bewildered and uncomplaining landlady. She is never quite sure whether she is watching a play or a scene from real life. Probably the answer to it all is that behind her whimsical exterior she is envious because she is stage struck too.
MURIEL FOSTER - Dottie's friend from Boston. She is petulant, suspicious, and later on woe-begone with a voice like a tired Minnie Mouse. In spite of all this, she is not unattractive. Dottie's age.
ARTHUR KENNY - Middle-aged, with a sharp jaw and a dray, unemotional voice that accompanies a habitual sphinx-like expression. He is dignified at all times, fastidious and dresses well.
MR COBURN - a successful business man turned politician. He is on the Board of Censors in Boston-- of some wealth, just enough to be snobbish. He explodes rather easily, but tries to maintain his dignity.
FIRST COP - the intellectual type of policeman-- a career man. He tries very hard and wants to be obliging.
SECOND COP - the dumb but earnest type. Even if you drew him a diagram he would not understand it.