Overview


Synopsis

The Curious Savage is the story of an elderly widow named Mrs. Savage, whose husband has left her $10 million dollars. She intends to give the entire fortune away to people who wish to pursue their “foolish dreams,” but her stepchildren strongly object. To prevent her from doing away with their family’s wealth and ruining their legacy, they have her committed to a sanatorium called The Cloisters, and it is among the gentle residents there that she finds her true family. The Curious Savage is a warm comedy that compares the kindness and loyalty of psychiatric patients with the greed and hostility of so-called “normal people.” It opened in New York on Broadway in 1950 and played 31 performances with star Lillian Gish in the titular role.


Characters

Female

Lead

Female

Supporting

Female

Supporting



Show Information

Category
Number of Acts
3 Acts
First Produced
1950
Genres
Settings
Contemporary, Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
the cloisters sanatorium
Cast Size
Ideal For
College/University, Community Theatre, High School, Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly female cast
Includes adult, late teen, young adult, mature adult, elderly characters

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