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Rough Crossing: dramatis personae

So. Rough Crossing. A play about a bunch of people preparing to put on a play. There are six characters, in order of appearance:

  • Sandor Turai: The older of a duo of playwrights of continental repute, Turai is a garrulous dandy, a selfish and dishonest but kindly rogue, constantly concocting ever more extravagant responses to the frustrations and thwartations of theatrical life. Your Humble Blogger plays this fellow.
  • Dvornichek: The cabin steward, Dvornichek is new to the sea, and while totally unfamiliar with the crossing, is mysteriously conversant with the plot of Rough Crossing; among the many excellent services provided is exposition. Of a sort. We have a cross-cast Dvornichek; I think of the part as an imposingly masculine presence, so the diminutive woman playing the role in this production seems incongruous. On the other hand, why not?
  • Adam Adam: The young songwriter and composer discovered by the playwrights, Adam would make a terrific romantic lead if it weren’t for his unfortunate speech impediment. Also, he is in the grip of young love, the inexpressible highs and lows of passion—at least inexpressible by the poor lad, under the circumstances. Our Adam is, alas, not quite matinee-idol handsome, but has a winning manner and also (I think) the musical chops to make the required piano-playing work.
  • Alex Gal: The younger and more practical of the playwrights, Gal is a needed weight to Turai’s blustery dreaming. Gal is often exasperated by, well, everything, but takes consolation in food and drink, and in the knowledge that it probably will all turn out all right in the end, as it has so often before. Our Gal is a handsome fellow with a saturnine look to him and a kind of jovial humor that I think audiences will find appealing.
  • Natasha Navratilova: Natasha is the lead of our play, the idol of theater lovers across Europe, and the object of Adam’s devotion. A rising star, she is just starting to feel her power; she finds the world at her feet. Our Natasha is not what I would call classically beautiful (although she is certainly good-looking enough, for a real person), but will wear fabulous gowns well, I expect. She is funny, which is more important, and has a good singing voice, besides.
  • Ivor Fish: An aging matinee idol, poor Ivor is the object of everybody’s contempt. He is hoping for a theatrical success to revive his career as well as his the embers of his romance with Natasha. Our Ivor is extremely well-cast, a tall, balding lantern-jawed deep-voiced stick of a man, quietly funny, a willing butt of jokes.

I think the whole thing is going to be very funny indeed, if we can get the audiences.

Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,


I can completely picture you in that role. (Also in the last one, only differently, which makes sense of course.)

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