The Orphans is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.”
Directed by Sue Ferber
Staged Readers Theatre
…”Prideaux has given life to two of the most charming eccentrics since Marsha and Abby Brewster poisoned all of those lonely men in Arsenic and Old Lace.” —Daily Variety.
For the past 25 years Lily and Catherine Spangler have lived in seclusion in their hotel room, their only visitor being their lawyer, who delivers (in cash) the profits from the steel mill they inherited from their father. Herman is a con artist who schemes to cheat the sisters out of the six million dollars he knows they have tucked away in a trunk by passing himself off as a long-lost cousin. Lily, the older sister, who has persuaded Catherine that she has protected her from “all the cares of the world,” is guarded and suspicious about all this, but the gentle, warm-hearted Catherine, who is aching to know more of life and the outside world, falls easily into Herman’s trap. Inevitably their isolation must end, but facing reality, and the truth, proves to be a great deal easier—and funnier—than either sister had ever imagined.
About the Playwright:
James Prideaux was born in South Bend, IN on August 29, 1935. He was educated at Ball State University, Muncie, IN and University of Michigan. He was a regular contributor to Playboy Magazine and writer of CBS’s Secret Storm for two years. TV credits include Mrs. Lincoln’s Husband on NBC’s Sandburg’s Lincoln; Lemonade; The Last of Mrs. Lincoln on Hollywood Television Theatre and Return Engagement, Hallmark Hall of Fame. Recipient: New York Drama Desk Award as “Most Promising Playwright 1972-73.’