Queen Marie

Written by:

Shirley Barrie

Cast Size:
33

Roles For:

  • Men: 20
  • Women: 13

Genre:

Biography
Comedy
Drama
Historical

Themes:

Broadway
Great Depression
Hollywood

Length:

125 min.

Year Written:

2012

Synopsis:

“In spite of being large and not conventionally attractive, Cobourg-born Marie Dressler uses determination and talent to develop an energetic, self-deprecating style of comedy that propels her from touring obscurity to Broadway stardom. Unfortunately, she is often her own worst enemy, and after the Great War both her stage career and personal life are in tatters. But in her late 50’s she is given a chance go to Hollywood. Re-energized by the challenges and joys of film, Marie defies expectations again and becomes a huge star in depression-ravaged America. But she never enjoys uncomplicated success for long. With music, comedy and drama, Queen Marie celebrates a unique performer while revealing the joy and pain that lie beneath the performance.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

Marie Dressler – actress extraordinaire / Young Marie – (5) / Nella Webb – actress/astrologer, her lifelong friend / Mamie Steele – her maid and confidante / Frances Marion – reporter, later Hollywood screenwriter / Claire DuBrey – bit part actress and lover / James (Jim) Dalton – Marie’s manager/”husband” / Mother / Father / Nevada – 3rd-rate touring producer / Abe Erlanger – Broadway producer / Lee Shubert – Broadway producer / Louis B. Mayer, owner of MGM / Irving Thalberg, MGM boy wonder producer / Mack Sennett of Keystone Films / Edgar Smith – playwright / Dan Daley, English star / Jenny, leading actress / Richard Ganthony, playwright/actor / Train conductor / Major Tolliver / Chef / Clarence Brown – director / Adolph Schnitz / Soldiers / Peanut Seller / Chorus Girls / Charlie Chaplin / Mabel Normand / Wallace Beery / Lionel Barrymore / Norma Shearer / Nurse / Doctor / Various Emcees / Stagehands / Stage Managers / Reporters / Audience members / Newsboys / Studio Hands / Camera Assistants

First Produced:

2012, 4th Line Theatre

Resources:

Queen Marie is available through the CPO Website.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Notes:

Read about Marie Dressler on the Canadian Encyclopedia’s website here.