The Broken Umbrella
Based on the infamous affair between teenage showgirl Evelyn Nesbit and society architect Stanford White, The Broken Umbrella explores the grotesque absurdities of American life in a time before women were seen as people. Though the play is based on true events that took place in New York City between 1902 and 1906, extensive liberties have been taken with the truth.
With character doubling, the play can be performed with a cast of twelve.
Stanford White: A wealthy architect with insatiable cravings
Evelyn Nesbit: A teenage model and chorus girl
Harry K. Thaw: A somewhat unhinged playboy millionaire
Charles McKim: Architects; Stanford’s partners
Abe Hummel: Legal council to the office of McKim, Mead, and White
Mrs. Nesbit: Evelyn’s Mother
Papa: Evelyn’s Father, when she is very young
Anthony Comstock: A Post Office agent and crusader against vice
Julie: Other chorus girls
James Garland: A businessman; Evelyn’s suitor
John Barrymore: A young cartoonist; Evelyn’s suitor
Teddy: A musician
Madam Restell: An Abortionist
Truxton Beale: A murderer
A Bell Hop, a Butler, a Doctor, a Policeman, Secretaries, Reporters and other servants.
The Broken Umbrella has had readings at The National Opera Center, New York, NY, and JACK, Brooklyn NY.