VARIED LIVES

VARIED LIVES, a MERRY WIVES of WINDSOR for six men, features Milwaukee brewing magnate Mr. Donald John Falstaff, striving for more than just a quiet weekend in the country, & throwing Mr. Fenton Philip Ford's estate, Ford Farms, and its all male cast of characters into chaos. Set in a time when gay marriage wasn’t even a topic for discussion and adoption the only legal recourse, VARIED LIVES examines...
VARIED LIVES, a MERRY WIVES of WINDSOR for six men, features Milwaukee brewing magnate Mr. Donald John Falstaff, striving for more than just a quiet weekend in the country, & throwing Mr. Fenton Philip Ford's estate, Ford Farms, and its all male cast of characters into chaos. Set in a time when gay marriage wasn’t even a topic for discussion and adoption the only legal recourse, VARIED LIVES examines the relationships of 6 men who opt for the only solutions available to them. "Modelled" upon Shakespeare’s MERRY WIVES of WINDSOR, VARIED LIVES is set in the 1930s American Midwest and loosely based on the life & times of American philanthropist Robert Allerton and Allerton Park.

SETTING: A country estate’s kitchen in the American Heartland
TIME FRAME: Autumn 1930
RUNNING TIME: 93 minutes in 3 acts with no intermissions
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Characters 6 men
Modell ‘Moddy’ Tyrone Smith – 20’s
Mr. Teddy Turner – the butler – 40’s/50’s
Satchel Jefferson– 20’s
Mr. Fenton Philip Ford – 40s/50’s
Mr. Princeton Percival Page – 40s/50’s
Mr. Donald John Falstaff – a brewer from Milwaukee – 40’s/50’s
Off stage characters/voices – Cook, Gardener, Knockers, Pullman, Poolman, Nickels, Knuckles
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VARIED LIVES

Character Information

  • Mr. Teddy Turner – the butler
    30s,40s,50s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Gay male overseeing the inner workings of Ford Farms
  • Modell ‘Moddy’ Tyrone Smith
    20s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Young gay male of any color including white pursued by by older white gay male
  • Satchel Jefferson
    20s,
    Young Male of Color
    ,
    Male
    Young gay man of color pursued by older gay male
  • Mr. Princeton Percival Page – 40s/50’s
    40s,50s,
    Any (but more interesting of color)
    ,
    Male
    Closeted older gay male possibly of color pursuing younger gay male of color
  • Mr. Fenton Philip Ford
    40s,50s,
    White
    ,
    Gay Male
    Older gay male pursuing young gay male
  • Mr. Donald John Falstaff – a brewer from Milwaukee
    40s,50s,60s,
    Any (but probably white
    ,
    Male
    Large Falstaffian gay male pursuing young men

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    At BGSQD First Reading March 1, 2015 at BGSQD Bookstore in the LGBTQ Center W13th St,NYC Cast: RobertMeksin,DavidBrown,RonNummi,BradyCudmore,TimothyConnell,ColinCramer
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    At TAI Second reading October 2015 at The Actor's Institute,TAI,W.30th St,NYC CAST: EricJohnson,JeanBrassard,DrewMoore,DrewBolander,CameronMoser,MickBleyer
    ,
    2015