Mallory Carty TJ Preston Kallie Jung Kathleen Duke
Summer of 1920’s in Cookham, England. A June afternoon to morning. In the Bliss’ house, the play is set mostly in their hall.
Family of four: David, Judith, Sorel, Simon Each member invites a friend for the weekend David- Jackie Judith- Sandy Sorel- Richard Simon- Myra
Family tries to act civilized for their guests As the day unfolds, each guest looks to another family member for comfort. The family soon shows their dysfunction, which ends up scaring away their guests. Guests soon plot their escape only one day into the weekend.
When the family member’s found out they each invited a guest without telling anyone Immediately works up friction among the family Tension doesn’t reside even when guests arrive
The family and guests play a parlor game (a form of charades) Craziness of the family starts to really show
Family issues- you can assume that this particular family has a complex, twisted past that interferes with their relationship today, stemming from their differing personalities. Relationship issues/adultery- as the guests find solace in a different family member that invited them, relationships are torn apart and marriages are ruined Line between sanity/insanity- we see how the family as a whole covers up their insane attitude from their guests for only a short time, and that when revealed, the guests aren’t remotely attracted to them.
Communication is key The family only falls into chaos because of their miscommunication. The guests don’t understand the family or anything they say, which is the downfall of the weekend.
Judith (mother)- retired actress in her late 40’s, she wants to start theater back up. Melodramatic and one for theatrics, she isn’t concerned with solving the problems in an argument. Simon (son)- early 20’s, unemployed, and a control freak, Simon takes after his mother; he’s passive aggressive and rather selfish
Sorel (daughter)- early 20’s, Sorel is more of a daddy’s girl. She has anger issues, as she’s always bickering with Simon, but cares for her guests and wants the best for the family.
Not one person, like in most plays Whole family is the protagonist, since the play focuses primarily on the family as a whole The family itself is innocent in the play, and the problem doesn’t stem from their insanity; their insanity simply magnifies the problem.
Not one person, like the protagonist. Guests as a whole are the antagonists. They create the tension that ultimately fuels the arguments the family has.
Judith monologue page 15 Scene between 4 guests page 57 Simon monologue page 21 Scene between 4 family members page 60 Scene between Myra/ David page 44 Sorel monologue page 27
Winsomely: an engaging manner (mentioned during game) Saucily: an impudent or impertinent manner(mentioned during game) Diplomatist: an official engaged in international negotiations (Richard’s occupation) Dieppe: French city (they visited there, shows they’re upper class) Slapdash: careless/reckless manner (describes family
Bohemian: unconventional, especially in appearance or behavior (Richard describes the family as such) Blasé: nonchalantly unconcerned (Sorel describes Simon as this) Magnanimously: generous and understanding (Judith sarcastically described as this) Abject: showing humiliation/ submissiveness (Jackie described as this) Affectation: a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display (Myra’s relationship with David
Place de Concorde: a road Rue St. Honore: a road Charlie Templeton: Canadian cartoonist Maiden Head: City in the UK
Kallie and Kathleen liked fast paced speed of the show, TJ and Mallory didn’t. Liked how each family member was their own type of crazy Liked the ending and how it shows the utter insanity of the family Got kind of confusing at times Would recommend to a friend because it was very funny, witty, and an overall good read.