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The Heiress
Suggested by the Henry Hames novel "Washington Square"

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Augustus  Goetz
Ruth  Goetz

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 which 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.

Play Details:
Genre(s): Drama
Time Period(s): 19th Century
Play Type: Play
Runtime: 155 minutes
Acts: 2
Set Complexity: Simple
Set Information: Sitting room furniture
Year First Published: Not Available
Total Characters: 9
Male Characters: 3
Female Characters: 6
Androgynous Characters:Not Available
Minimum Cast: Not Available
Maximum Cast: Not Available
Cost: FEE: $50 per performance. SPECIAL NOTE: A CD with cue sheet containing the original music by Robert Waldman for the Broadway production is available through the Play Service for $25.00, which includes packaging and shipping. The fee for the use of this music is $10.00 per performance
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Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
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ISBN: 0822205114
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