Hoping for a quiet weekend in the country with guests, David Bliss, a novelist and his wife Judith, a retired actress, find that impossible when their high-spirited children appear with guests of their own. A house full of drama waits to be ignited as misunderstandings and tempers flare, and the 'quiet weekend' comes to an exhausting and hilarious finale. Hay Fever is one of Noel Coward’s most delightful comedies.
Produced by: special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.
Producer/Director: Deborah Burke
Stage Manager: Brent McKinley
Sunday, March 1 and Monday, March 2, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Powerhouse Theater in Waveny Park, New Canaan
Judith Bliss: An actress of a certain age who has retired (several times) from the stage, which is her natural metier
David Bliss: Her husband, a writer of novels that the entire family argue about; inclined to a little dalliance on the side
Simon Bliss: Their son, a painter of aggressive daubs. Both of the children are every bit as theatrical, as egomaniacal in the nicest possible way, as their parents.
Sorel Bliss: Their daughter, an accomplished instrumentalist (but skills NOT required, though welcome!). Both of the children are every bit as theatrical, as egomaniacal in the nicest possible way, as their parents.
Richard Greatham: A career diplomat (40–60+), who “always says something exquisitely diplomatic”.
Myra Arundel: A society lady (35–45) of whom Judith says “she uses sex like a shrimping net”.
Sandy Tyrell: A younger “anyone for tennis” sporty chap who has fallen in love with Judith having seen her in some dreadful melodrama.
Jackie Coryton: A scared little thing who has been picked by the husband David.
Clara: The long-suffering maid, who used to be Judith’s dresser, and is quite coarse with it