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The HeiressUser Rating: 3.7 (2 votes)
Suggested by the Henry Hames novel "Washington Square"
The background of the play is New York in the 1850s and the basic story tells of a shy and plain young girl, Catherine Sloper, who falls desperately in love with a delightful young fortune hunter. Catherine's lack of worldliness prevents her from realizing that the young man proposing to her is not entirely drawn to her by her charm. Catherine's father, a successful doctor, sees through the fortune hunter and forbids the marriage, but his daughter proposes an elopement which fails to materialize because the young man knows most of her expected fortune will go elsewhere if he marries her. Catherine retires into a little world of her own. But the fortune hunter turns up once more and again proposes to her. For a moment, Catherine leads him to believe that she will accept him, but when he calls by appointment, she locks the door, blows out all the lights, and allows him to realize that she will not be fooled for the second time.
|Time Period(s):|| 19th Century|
|Play Type: ||Play|
|Runtime: ||155 minutes|
|Set Complexity: ||Simple|
|Set Information: ||Sitting room furniture|
|Year First Published: ||Not Available|
|Total Characters: ||9|
|Male Characters: ||3|
|Female Characters: ||6|
|Androgynous Characters:||Not Available|
|Minimum Cast: ||Not Available|
|Maximum Cast: ||Not Available|
|Cost: ||FEE: $50 per performance. SPECIAL NOTE: A CD with cue sheet containing the original music by Robert Waldman for the Broadway production is available through the Play Service for $25.00, which includes packaging and shipping. The fee for the use of this music is $10.00 per performance|
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|Publisher: ||Dramatists Play Service|
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