Sitting Pretty

by  Amy Rosenthal

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  4m, 6f

"Assured ... with a gentle blend of wit and the poignant." - Independent

"Rosenthal writes like a female Alan Ayckbourn." - Guardian

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Sitting Pretty

by  Amy Rosenthal

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    Cast Size

    4m, 6f

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Unmarried sisters in their fifties share a London flat. Nina is brisk, dynamic and gainfully employed. Nancy is plump, self conscious and suddenly redundant. Urged to find a hobby, she unwittingly stumbles into a job modeling for eccentric drawing students and their philandering teacher. Initially horrified to discover that life models pose naked, Nancy is unexpectedly liberated by the experience. Though she keeps this activity a secret, her newfound confidence unsettles Nina. The sisters move toward an inevitable confrontation as Nina faces her unhappy past and Nancy glimpses a possible future. This bittersweet play unfolds with humorous twists and turns.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Assured ... with a gentle blend of wit and the poignant." - Independent

"Rosenthal writes like a female Alan Ayckbourn." - Guardian

"Wonderful ... ensemble piece of immense acuity and pathos." - Time Out

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Setting: A comfortable living-room of a small London surburban flat, an artist's studio and the National Gallery cafe. 1999

Casting

4m, 6f
NANCY - plump, faded, 55 
NINA - slight, dynamic, 53
MAX - jovial, round-faced, mid-fifties 
PHILLIP - artist, 48 
ZELDA - sassy, attractive, 20 
JOSIE - brittle, elegant, 38 
SYLVIA - a stately lady, mid-sixties 
MARTIN - thin, tetchy, mid-forties 
BRIDGET - wife of Martin, mid-forties 
LUKA - tall, handsome, 18
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Amy Rosenthal

Amy Rosenthal

Sitting Pretty premiered at the Chelsea Centre Theatre in November 1999 under the direction of Jacob Murray.

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