Harold

by  Herman Raucher

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  7m, 2f

"This ought to be a natural for Samuel French customers." - New York Mirror

Three Bronx buddies get together to "culture" Harold, kid brother of a late friend, and launch him into society downtown. The plan is designed so he can meet an heiress with whom Harold had previously exchanged a fleeting smile and fallen madly in l…

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

Three Bronx buddies get together to "culture" Harold, kid brother of a late friend, and launch him into society downtown. The plan is designed so he can meet an heiress with whom Harold had previously exchanged a fleeting smile and fallen madly in love. But the buddies decide to have a trial run and Harold's introduced to Iris, a shy neighborhood girl who is enough to turn his head forever from heiresses.

"This ought to be a natural for Samuel French customers." - New York Mirror

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"This ought to be a natural for Samuel French customers." - New York Mirror

Keywords

Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: Fatto Kleest's apartment; an evening in late August. 
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

7m, 2f

FATTO KLEEST: He is everything his name would lead you to believe. He is about 35, tall, heavy set and somewhat careless about his attire. He works in a grocery. Fatto is at once sweet, gullible, angry, funny. He is a happy sorehead, a big cry-baby and a self-appointed guardian of philosophy and logic, over which he has no control or the slightest understanding.

LEW BRINDLE: A small, ineffectual man. Truly the most reasonable of the four friends but the least likely to be heard. He is hardly noticed and seldom listened to. He goes along with things with very little complaint only because experience has taught him that such will be the eventual case, so why fight it.

OBEE ZWICK: He is a man who looks as though he just missed being a jockey. His moves are quick. He is intense; a dreamer. He claims logic and rationality yet he is the last one to accept reality. He is always searching, looking, hoping for something that will change their dull existences for the better.

HAROLD SELBAR: The eternal adolescent. His chronology is flirting with 20 years. He is awkward, uncertain of himself; torn between boyhood and impending manhood. He is essentially bright and has all the necessary instincts and traits to move on into manhood. He is slightly clumsy, agile, attractive, dull, ubiquitous, fading-but never impulsive.

TANGO EDDIE FRECKER: A dance teacher, somewhat on the seedy side. He has never really made it and has learned to accept it. Yet he takes great pride in his work. He is perhaps a trifle limp in the glove but does not make a great display of it. He is a nice guy.

MR. GOTTLIEB: A little Jewish tailor, kind of counterpart of Mr. Geppetto. He is bent with his years and his troubles and there is a wry delivery to everything he says.Yet there is a sweetness to him and a strange gentleness.

MISS PROSE: A spinster schoolteacher, about 50. Very sweet, very quiet. Prim and proper, yet knowing and understanding. She is very empathetic because of her own unfulfilled life. She likes people and concerns herself with their problems. A nice lady.

MR. WONG: A Chinese gentleman of indeterminate age. Still torn between two cultures, he strives to be Americanized. He is good-natured, ever-smiling and ever-helpful. Another nice man.

IRIS MUNGER: A very plain, yet sweet young girl about Harold's age. She is shy and unsure of herself. Every step is taken as though she expected to step upon a bear trap. She is very feminine, and somewhere about her is a quiet, undiscovered sexiness. Though too young to have done so, she has seemingly accepted the prospects of a very dull future.

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Herman Raucher

Herman Raucher

Harold was originally presented by Saint Subber in association with Ben Edwards and Wigwam Productions at the Cort Theatre on November 29, 1962. 

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