Saint Frances of Hollywood

Written by:

Sally Clark

Cast Size:
8

Roles For:

  • Men: 4
  • Women: 4

Genre:

Drama
Historical

Themes:

20th Century
Communism
Doubling
Fame
Family
History
Hollywood
Marriage
Mental Health

Length:

110 min.

Year Written:

1996

Synopsis:

“In Saint Frances of Hollywood, Hollywood diva Frances Farmer chooses to join the socialist Group Theatre in New York. She becomes incarcerated in a Seattle psychiatric hospital, where she was lobotomized and released as ‘cured’ in 1949.” (From the CPO¬†Website)

Characters:

Frances Farmer / Lillian Farmer: her mother / Ernest Farmer: her father / Ralph Schwab: an agent / Bill Anderson: Frances’ husband / Judge Frater / Louella Parsons: gossip columnist / Clifford Odets / Harold Clurman / Luise (Mrs. Odets) / Edna Burge / Dr Swan / Dr Nicholson / Dr Betelgeuse / Miss Carlyle / Gordo / Gordo’s friend / Dr Walter Freeman / Alfred Knobble / Man in Hotel / Roy Dicksell / Belle Mackenzie / Jean / Man 1 / Man 2 / Woman 1 / Director / Actor / 2 Policeman / Nurse / Matron / Orderly / Attendants

First Produced:

1996, The Canadian Stage Company

Resources:

Saint Frances of Hollywood is available through the CPO Website.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Notes:

Casting note from the introduction to the published edition: “With the exception of the doubling roles of Lillean/Jean and Odets/Freeman, the roles can be juggled amongst the actors. For example, Edna Burge could be played by a male actor. The Nurses and Matron could also be played by men.”