Composers and their stage works 


The Immoralist

Drama. Ruth Goetz and Augustus Goetz. Based on the novel by Andre Gide.
7 men, 2 women. Unit Set

An unusually honest and perceptive treatment of a difficult theme - homosexuality. It is the story of a scrupulous and pleasant young man who marries a neighbourhood girl against his better judgment. Over his head hangs the memory of a scandal at school when he was eleven. He has never dared hope that he is free from the 'abominable crime' for good. But he marries her in desperation. The rest of The Immoralist describes the slow destruction of the marriage during the year they live in a corrupt village in North Africa. For him it is a joyless descent into a segregated and hated society. She, in turn faces the loneliness of a woman who has offered love that cannot be accepted. The wife having learned that she is to bear a child returns to France, where her husband follows her in the hope of finding in his old home one place where his own kind will not seek him out. Together the two of them face their future, armed only with their own courage and strength.
ISBN: 0-8222-0555-6


Play. Olive Chase and Maureen Nield
M4 (20s-50s) F2 (20s, middle-age). A living-room.

An exciting intriguing play to keep your audience guessing. Susan kills her unfaithful husband, Leo. With the help of the calculating Dr Stark she casts suspicion on her sister-in-law, who is in a vulnerable emotional state exploited in hypnosis by Dr Stark. Mike Kincaid seems an outsider but has deeply personal reasons for becoming involved with this family, and is instrumental in bringing a conclusion to the tangled state of affairs.
ISBN 0 573 11143 X

The Importance of Being Earnest

Comedy. Oscar Wilde
M5 (young, middle-age) F4 (young, middle-age). Two morning-rooms, one garden.

Jack Worthing is 'Ernest' in town. He wins Gwendolyn's hand, but Gwendolyn declares that she chiefly loves him for his name - Ernest - the name Jack has allotted his non-existent brother whose peccadilloes explain his frequent absences from his country home where lives his pretty ward, Cecily. Meanwhile, Cecily has decided to marry rake-hell 'Ernest' and when Algernon presents himself in this guise, she immediately accepts his smitten proposal. However, through some highly improbable coincidences, all is happily resolved. Period 1890s
ISBN 0 573 01202 4

The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde. Four-act version reconstructed by Vyvyan Holland
M7 (young, middle-age) F4 (young, middle-age). Two morning rooms, one garden.

Wilde originally wrote this play in four acts, but it was thought too long and he was asked to reduce it to three. In 1954 the BBC broadcast the 'lost scene' with Mr Gribsby, an amusing character with a short scene in the second act. Dramatic critic James Agate commented, 'The fun in the scene Wilde deleted is better than any living playwright can do.'
ISBN 0 573 11198 7

The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde | 5m 4f. Classic comedy. 3 interior sets.

Wilde's best loved comedy, in which Jack has invented a fictional younger brother named Emest so, as this alias, he can live in London free from all responsibilities. He decides it is necessary to reclaim Jack and 'kill off' Ernest when he falls in love with a wealthy heiress, Gwendolen. Unfortunately, his opportunity to propose marriage to Gwendolen comes before he has told her his real name, and she is thrilled with the proposal because she has always been convinced she is destined to marry a man named Ernest. First performed in 1895.
ISBN 1854592203

Impossible Marriage

Comedy. Beth Henley 4 men, 3 women. Unit Set

The entire action of the play takes place in Kandall Kingsley's beautiful and mysterious garden. Kandall's youngest daughter, Pandora, is to be wed to Edvard Lunt, a worldly artist twice her age. Kandall does not think the match to be at all suitable. Flora, Pandora's older sister, who is expecting a child at any moment, plots to break off the marriage. Unexpectedly, Sidney Lunt, the groom's son, arrives with a note from his mother in which she vows to throw herself from an attic window if the marriage goes forward. Even Reverend Lawrence who has come to wed the couple has secret hopes and desperate desires. Throughout this wildly funny and moving play the characters struggle heroically with the impossibility of finding an allegiance between their civilized duties and primitive desires.
ISBN: 0-8222-1697-3