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Doraville, GA

Auditions for Picnic by William Inge

Merely Players Presents

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The play takes place on Labor Day weekend in the joint backyards of two widows. One house belongs to Flo Owens, who lives there with her two daughters, Madge and Millie, and a schoolteacher boarder. The other house belongs to Helen Potts, who lives with her elderly and invalid mother. Into this female atmosphere comes a young man named Hal Carter, whose animal vitality seriously upsets the entire group.

Cast of Characters:


  • Helen Potts - widow lady, 40s to 60s, pleasant, even-tempered, nurturing, sweet spirit
  • Millie Owens - student, 16, smart, boisterous, assertive, smart-mouthed, insecure
  • Madge Owens - works at dimestore, 18, beauty-queen, charming, searching for escape from small town life
  • Flo Owens - mother, 40s, hard exterior, protective of daughters, untrusting of strangers, left jaded by unhappy marriage
  • Rosemary Sydney - school teacher, 30s to 40s, bawdy, bragadocious, very lonely, desperate
  • Irma Kronkite - school teacher, loud, enjoys her single-life, funny, jokester when around Rosemary
  • Christine Schoenwalder - school teacher, 20s to 40s, somewhat shy, quiet, looks up to Irma and Rosemary


  • Howard Bevans - business owner, 42, kind, good neighbor, friendly, content, loves Rosemary
  • Hal Carter - vagabond, 20s, good-looking, sexy, drifter, lonely, wants desperately to fit in somewhere
  • Bomber Gutzel - newsboy, teens, smart-mouthed, bully, picks on Millie, worships Madge
  • Alan Seymour - college student, 20s, smart, polished, wealthy appearance and upbringing, in awe of Madge