The Amazons

Play

Writers: Arthur Wing Pinero

Overview

Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts
3
First Produced
1893
Genres
Comedy
Settings
Period, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
Overcote Park, a fine day in September
Cast Size
medium
Licensor
None/royalty-free
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, High School, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult, mature adult, elderly characters

Synopsis

Lady Castlejordan and her deceased husband wanted nothing more than a family of strong, athletic, strapping young English boys. As luck would have it, the couple was fated only to give birth to daughters. Defiant against the constraints of womanhood in Victorian England, the Belturbet girls are raised to be boys at home and girls in public. All three relish the independence that living as young men affords them. But as the “boys” grow older, their place in society becomes more and more scandalous and uncertain. Moreover, what will happen if they should chance to fall in love? Arthur Wing Pinero’s The Amazons was ahead of its time in challenging traditional gender roles. This fun and breezy comedy turns the Victorian rules of womanhood on its head by showing three free-spirited girls who can do all that woman and man may do.

Lead Characters