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FRANK, a tailor
TILLY, a bank teller
FRANCES, a hairdresser
JOAN, a British nurse
LORENZO THE UNFEELING, a psychiatrist
JULIAN, a cello player
TIME: the Present Moment
~Melancholy in this play is Bold, Outward, Sassy, Sexy, and Unashamed. It is not introverted. It uses, instead, the language of Jacobean direct address.
~However, be sensitive to the moments of delicacy, fragility, and sadness inside of the farce.
~Having said that, actors are encouraged to look out of the window often, climb in and out of windows, throw open balconies, throw themselves on couches.
~The pace is often faster than real time. Transitions should hurtle.
~Don’t be afraid of sincere melodrama.
Many windows, a chaise, and several doors from which to enter and exit rapidly. A mirror. A potted palm. A chair. A few chandeliers. Or lamps. Perhaps a real balcony, opening into the night air.