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The Old Lady

A comedy in one act

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    Bernard Duffy 

  • Synopsis

    John Fitzpatrick, a young professor, was once infatuated with a musical comedy actress Lola Fulton. Now Lola is blackmailing him by demanding a thousand pounds for a package of indiscreet love letters he wrote to her at the height of his passion. Fitzpatrick is in a fix: he cannot pay, as he needs the money to support his aged mother. Arriving at Fitzpatrick's rooms to force him to cough up, Lola meets his mother, an elderly Connaught peasant woman. While Lola waits, she hears her the story of the family's difficult life, and is so touched by the tale of eviction, poverty, suffering and disappointments, that she decides to burn the letters and leave Fitzpatrick in peace.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male

    2

  • Cast Size Female

    3

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

Original Cast  
John Fitzpatrick Jackson Grahame
Charles Renfield Norman Gray
Mrs. Fitzpatrick Josephine Mayne
Lola Fulton Ellaine Grant
A Servant Marie Lawson

PUBLISHED SCRIPTS

  • Title

    Four Comedies by Bernard Duffy

  • Year

    1916

  • Published By

    Talbot Press

  • Address

    Dublin
    Republic of Ireland

RIGHTS INFORMATION

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION

Information for this entry has come from reviews of the premiere production, and from Margaret McHenry's 'The Ulster Theatre in Ireland'.