Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth

by  Edith Wharton, Dawn Keeler

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5m, 5f

"Elegant...series of precisely staged and evocative dramatic tableaux." - The Guardian
"Deep, dark and powerful...[with] dramatic and tragic impact." - The News

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Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth

by  Edith Wharton Dawn Keeler

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Period
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Based on the classic story that helped to establish Edith Wharton as the first great American woman novelist, this moving play vividly brings to the stage Lily Bart's flamboyant progress through the glorious whirl of New York's high society, circa 1905, and her tragic fall. The satirical love story is staged as a series of flashbacks over her coffin. Faithful to Edith Wharton's distinct style of dialogue, this dramatic version opened to acclaim in London.

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Reviews

"Elegant...series of precisely staged and evocative dramatic tableaux." - The Guardian

"Deep, dark and powerful...[with] dramatic and tragic impact." - The News

"There's actually not much mirth in this haunting, powerful play but there is desire, greed and tragedy to match all the greatest love stories...A winner." - Southern Daily Echo

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Victorian (British and American)
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Grand Central Station, New York. 1903-1905.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable

Music

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

Casting

5m, 5f

LILY BART - 29 year-old, society beauty.
LAWRENCE SELDEN - lawyer in his 30's.
GERTY FARISH - wealthy businessman, 30-40.
SIMON ROSEDALE - wealthy businessman, 30-40.
JUDY TRENOR - old New York, very wealthy, 40-50.
GUS TRENOR - Judy Trenor's financier husband, 45-55.
BERTHA DORSET - small, very petite socialite, 30-40.
GEORGE DORSET - Bertha Dorset's husband, 40-50.
CARRY FISHER - twice divorced, 30-40.
PERCY GRYCE - very wealthy collector, 25-35.
PORTER

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Authors

Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton

Dawn Keeler

Dawn Keeler

Cambridge Theatre Company, 1995.

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