The Guyer Girls

by  Trisha Sugarek

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  1f, 4girl(s)

A rich tapestry of an American family. In a series of family stories, set in the 1920’s, we enjoy the four teenage sisters' hilarious pranks, antics, joys and humiliations, as the girls grow up under the guidance of their matriarch, “Mama." Later, we see the sisters as adults, starting their own families when Pearl Harbor has just been attacked.

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The Guyer Girls

by  Trisha Sugarek

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1f, 4girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

From the opening moments when Ivah cuts Violet’s eye brows off, this story romps through the sibling antics and rivalry of a large family. The first act takes place as the young teenage girls are growing into lovely women. In a series of family stories, set in the 1920’s, we enjoy the girls’ hilarious pranks, antics, joys and humiliations. There is laughter in abundance. Tears, love, and sibling rivalry as these four delightful sisters grow up under the guidance of their matriarch, “Mama”. A prestigious marriage, a female pro-basketball player, and a run away to Alaska, these young women couldn’t be more diverse. Fast forward to the 1940’s. In Act two, the sisters are adults, starting their own families and Pearl Harbor has just been attacked. This stage play is a rich tapestry of an American family.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII, 1920s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The kitchen of a large farm/rural house in Turnwater, Washington. 1918/1920. 
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • 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

1f, 4girl(s)
SOPHIA “MAMA” - the gentle matriarch of the Guyer family; has raised thirteen children with love and compassion; migrated to America from France at the turn of the century (1900) with her husband, Levi.
LILLAS - the second oldest sister, 19 years old; is the sensible one, and yet she gets pregnant at a time when a pregnant girl, unwed, was a family disgrace.
IVAH - the third sister, 17 and a hellion; the rebel of the family, constantly in trouble for her pranks and antics; marries well but never loses her tomboy enthusiasm for mischief.
VIOLET - the fourth sister, 16; a sensual being who cannot wait to taste life to its fullest; leaves home at 18 and goes to California to play semi-pro basketball; a flapper in the 1920s, she goes on to own a restaurant and bar in San Francisco and marries at least four times.
LAVERNE (younger) - the baby of the family, 12 years old; headstrong, at 16, she runs away and heads to Alaska to find her adventure in life; goes on to write country western music.
LAVERNE (adult) - twenty years later, now 32 years old and a raw boned pioneer woman; has been living in Alaska her entire adult life.
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Cast Attributes

  • All Female
  • Features Teens

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Authors

Trisha Sugarek

Trisha Sugarek - playwright, author, poet - has been writing for four decades. Until recently her writing focused on scripts that ranged from prison stories to children’s fables. There are many more stage scripts to view on her website. She has expanded her body of work to include a three novels -  ...

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