The Milliner

by  Suzanne Glass

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 4f

"A nuanced perspective on a moment in history that is often reduced to simple good versus evil." - The New York Times

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

This is a touching, fragile portrait of a group rarely seen in traditional Holocaust literature—those who are unwilling to give up Germany as their home, despite the Nazi threats. Wolfgang, a hat maker, is forced by others to flee Germany for England, leaving his mother behind, who refuses to go. Filled with love for his homeland, he is unable to accept that she has probably been interned in a death camp, and he staunchly refuses to give up his German identity in front of his new British neighbors. Wolfgang's struggle of adamant denial sheds light on the agony of losing the only home ones knows and loves.
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"This debut play by novelist and journalist Suzanne Glass is physically gorgeous, splendidly performed and absorbing." - CurtainUp, Read More

"A nuanced perspective on a moment in history that is often reduced to simple good versus evil." - The New York Times, Read More

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII, 1930s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Berlin and London. 1930s-1940s.
  • 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

3m, 4f
WOLFGANG GEOR - Mid-late 40’s; Jewish; handsome, sexy, charismatic; a complex, multi-layered character.
AMALIA GEORG - 30’s; Wolfgang’s wife; dark-haired, attractive, sensitive, worldly and pragmatic.
CLAUDIA - 30’s. Owns and runs a fashionable milliner’s boutique in Berlin; a sometimes cabaret singer. Blonde, sexy and Aryan in appearance; a strong Dietrich style voice. Confident, flirtatious and with a surface affability that conceals a far darker side to her nature.
WOLFGANG’S MOTHER - Late 40’s/early 50’s; a refined Berliner; strong willed and sensitive.
FRAU HENDEL - Early 50’s; an attractive gentile Berliner.
GERHARDT MÜLLER - 30’s; blonde and Aryan looking; charming in a very Germanic way.
MAX - 40’s/50’s; concierge; warm natured and friendly.
HEINZ - 40’s; Claudia’s friend; jovial and affable.
PAUL - 40’s; Claudia’s Friend; reserved.
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Suzanne Glass

Suzanne Glass

Presented by The Directors Company at the East 13th Street Theater. Directed by Mark Clements.

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