Double Door

by  Elizabeth McFadden

Full Length Play, Drama  /  7m, 5f

"This one deserves special thanks and hearty praise. It returns expertise and fascination and a fine mood in the theater." - New York American

"Sturdy theater, compelling. Once you are within the radius of Double Door you w…

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 5f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

An outstanding success on Broadway, Double Door recounts a battle for power in an old New York family that culminates on the verge of murder.
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Reviews

"This one deserves special thanks and hearty praise. It returns expertise and fascination and a fine mood in the theater." - New York American

"Sturdy theater, compelling. Once you are within the radius of Double Door you will remain transfixed until you know what's behind it." - Daily Mirror

Considerations

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1910s / WWI
  • Setting: The second-story living room of the Van Bret house on Fifth Avenue in New York City. May-November. 1910.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

7m, 5f
AVERY - a middle-aged housekeeper
TELSON - the butler, a very respectable-looking man of about fifty
LOUISE - the maid, a pretty young thing in uniform, cap, and apron
WILLIAM - a young footman
ANNE - a slender, exquisite figure with dark eyes and a quiet patrician face, poise, and character. Her voice is silvery. She is perhaps twenty-five.
CAROLINE - a pleasant, rather handsome, middle-aged woman, beautifully dressed but timid and nervous in manner, especially with VICTORIA.
VICTORIA - a woman of about fifty-four, rather tall, still slender in a wiry, gaunt sort of way. She has an undeniable claim to good looks and high breeding. There is a sense of authority and power about her that comes partly from a dominant will. The manner of Victoria varies greatly with the person she addresses. Her servants are mere furnishings in the room, she hardly sees them when she looks at them. She gives her orders with the fullest assurance that they will be obeyed, never raising her voice. To Anne alone, she shows the full power of her hate. A formidable person.
CHASE - a kindly, grey-haired old gentleman who probably does nothing but wait on Tiffany's oldest and best customers.
MR. NEFF - a fine-looking, white-haired man of about sixty, well-dressed. His manner is urbane, assured.
DR. JOHN SULLY - a tall well-built man of nearly thirty, one of those men who "carry their passports in their faces." His clothing is good but worn with the indifference of a man whose thoughts are on other things. His manner is by turns boyishly bluff, serious, masterful, and always alert and kind. It is quite evident from the way he looks at Anne that he loves her.
RIP - a fine-looking young fellow of about twenty-five but white and thin from his recent illness. He has a nervous, sensitive look in his eyes.
LAMBERT - a hard-boiled little man, with alert eyes and a businesslike manner.
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Elizabeth McFadden

Elizabeth McFadden

DOUBLE DOOR was first performed on August 16, 1933 in Southampton, Long Island. Directed by H.C. Potter.

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