A Native of the James Family

Written by:

Betty Jane Wylie

Cast Size:
24

Roles For:

  • Men: 12
  • People with Disabilities: 1
  • Women: 12

Genre:

Biography
Drama
Historical

Themes:

Death
Illness
Imagination

Length:

90 min.

Year Written:

1990

Synopsis:

“Alice James (sister of the novelist Henry), on her deathbed in a morphine haze, reviews her life with the help of Henry and her companion Katharine Loring, as well as characters from Wonderland, Prince Charming and the Fairy Godmother, and her doctors. A Native of the James Family is based on Alice’s diary.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

Alice James, an invalid, mid-40s / Henry James, her brother, late 40s / Mr. James / Prince Charming / Dr. Tuckey / Dr. Leech / Humpty Dumpty / Katharine Loring, her companion, early 40s / Mrs. James / Clara / Fairy Godmother / Dr. Needle / White Queen / Nurse, Alice’s attendant / Lizzie / Cinderella / Dr. Quirk / Duchess / Somers, her bath-chair man / Thornyson / Red Riding Hood / Dr. Pulse / Sir Andrew Clark / Caterpillar

First Produced:

1990, Boston, MA

Resources:

A Native of the James Family is available through the CPO Website.

For more information about the playwright and her work, visit the CWPO collection.

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Notes:

The characters can be played by five actors.