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Ira Levin
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Full length, Drama
2 men, 3 women
Total Cast: 5, Interior
ISBN: 990365
FEE: $80 per performance. MS.
THE STORY: Hilde, a young German refugee, works as companion to Mrs. Price, a wealthy and beautiful invalid. Hilde's fiancée is a pianist, now employed at a bakery and practicing at night for what he hope will be a great career. Hilde brings Paul and Mrs. Price together, in the hope that Mrs. Price will take an interest in the young musician and she does. But Hilde's plans go awry as Mrs. Price's interest in Paul grows to an extent where she does not want to share him with Hilde. Mrs. Price, seemingly so charming and pitiful, begins to reveal herself as an unpleasant, self-centered and headstrong woman. But it is only when Hilde has cooperated with Mrs. Price in a plan to bring Paul into the house to live, that she realizes that there is no place for her in Mrs. Price's schemes. As Hilde sees Mrs. Price's true nature, Paul remains conveniently blind to what is going on.