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Overview


Synopsis

Lillian Helman’s riveting drama captures the story of a Southern family whose selfish pursuit of the American Dream ends up destroying them and those they love. The Hubbards are bound together by blood, but ripped apart by disparate desires. Their simple house servant states, “There are people who eat the earth and other people who stand around and watch them do it.” The Hubbards are those who “eat the earth.” Three siblings -- the manipulative, scheming Regina; the cruel and arrogant Oscar; and the possessive Benjamin -- have decided to partner together to increase their already substantial, ill-begotten wealth. There is only one problem: Regina’s terminally ill husband, Horace, is refusing to give them the seventy-five thousand dollars they need. And so begins a vicious circle of lying, scheming, cruelty, and finally, murder. In the end, blood and money mix, with money coming out on top, leaving a broken family behind.


Characters

Female

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Spoken



Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts:
3 Acts
First Produced:
1939
Genres
Drama
Settings
Period, Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
the living-room of the giddens house, a small town in the south, spring, 1900
Cast Size
medium
Orchestra Size
None
Dancing
None
Licensor:
Ideal For
professional theatre, university / college theatre, high school theatre, community theatre
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, young adult, early teen, late teen characters

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