Monday, March 4th, 6:30PM, El Campanil Theatre, Antioch. (Please contact director, Sharon Redman,) firstname.lastname@example.org
The Story: The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is in the hospital. Lenny, the oldest sister, is unmarried; Meg, the middle sister, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast; while Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach. Their troubles, grave, yet, somehow, hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick, and the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail while helpless not to fall in love with her.
Characters: Lenny: The oldest of the three sisters. Her sisters have forgotten her birthday, only adding to her feeling of rejection. Lenny is frustrated after years of carrying heavy burdens of responsibility. Most recently, she has been caring for Old Granddaddy, sleeping on a cot in the kitchen to be near him. Lenny loves her sisters but is also jealous of them.
Meg: The middle sister. As an eleven year-old child, Meg discovered the body of their mother (and the family cat) following her suicide. This traumatic experience provoked Meg to test her strength by confronting morbidity wherever she could find it, including poring over medical photographs of disease-ridden victims. At the beginning of the play Meg returns to Mississippi from California, where her singing career has stalled and where, she later tells Doc, she had a nervous breakdown and ended up in the psychiatric ward of the county hospital.
Babe: The youngest MaGrath sister. At the start of the play, she has shot her husband, Zackery, a powerful and wealthy lawyer. The only explanation she gives for the act is the defiant statement: "I didn't like his looks! I just didn't like his stinking looks!” She later reveals that the shooting was the result of her anger at Zackery's cruel treatment both of her and of Willie, a young African American, with whom Babe had been carrying on an affair.
Chick: The sisters' first cousin. She is a very demanding relative, extremely concerned about the community's opinion of her. When news is published of Babe's shooting of Zackery, Chick's utmost concern is how she's "gonna continue holding my head up high in this community." Chick is critical of all aspects of the Magrath's family and is always bringing up past tragedies such as the mother's suicide.”
Doc Porter: Doc is Meg's old boyfriend. He is still known affectionately as "Doc" although his plans for a medical career stalled after he was severely injured in Hurricane Camille. His love for Meg prompted him to stay behind with her while the rest of the town evacuated the storm's path. Doc, now has his own wife and children, nevertheless remains close to the Magrath family.
Barnette Lloyd. Barnette is Babe's lawyer. An ambitious, talented attorney, Barnette views Babe's case as a chance to exact his personal revenge on Zachary who ruined his fathers life. Barnette also seems to have a strong attraction to Babe, whom he remembers distinctly from a chance meeting at a Christmas bazaar.