THE HEIRESS

 

By
Ruth Goetz and Augustus Goetz

Directed by
Les Legate

December 5 & 6, 1963

At the Gilbert Auditorium

The background of the play is New York in the 1850s and the basic story tells of a shy and plain young girl, Catherine Sloper, who falls desperately in love with a delightful young fortune hunter. Catherine’s lack of worldliness prevents her from realizing that the young man proposing to her is not entirely drawn to her by her charm. Catherine’s father, a successful doctor, sees through the fortune hunter and forbids the marriage, but his daughter proposes an elopement that fails to materialize because the young man knows most of her expected fortune will go elsewhere if he marries her. Catherine retires into a little world of her own. But the fortune hunter turns up once more and again proposes to her. For a moment, Catherine leads him to believe that she will accept him, but when he calls by appointment, she locks the door, blows out all the lights and allows him to realize that she will not be fooled for the second time.

Courtesy of Dramatist Play Service, Inc.

CAST  
MARIA JEANETTE BOURLAND
DR AUSTIN SLOPER HAYWOOK VAUGHAN
CATHERINE SLOPER ANNE LEE GROSE
LAVINIA PENNIMAN LIL WILLIAMS
ELIZABETH ALMOND KAREN GOOCH
ARTHUR TOWNSEND CHARLES LOVIG
MARIAN ALMOND THELMA WALLACE
MORRIS TOWNSEND CHARLES WARTHEN
MRS. MONTGOMERY HELEN PAYNE
MAN’S VOICE HARRY BROWN