The Pear is Ripe

Written by:

Shirley Barrie

Cast Size:
20

Roles For:

  • Men: 10
  • Women: 10

Genre:

Drama
Historical

Themes:

Cults
Love
Sex
Women

Length:

110 min.

Year Written:

2001

Synopsis:

The Pear is Ripe is set in the early 1830’s, where economically divided city of Paris is rocked by the Saint Simonians. This wildly popular social movement believes in technology, universal education, free trade, emancipation for women and the poor, and free love. Suzanne Voilquin, a semi-illiterate seamstress, falls under the spell of the charismatic leader, Prosper Enfantin, and her life is transformed. But the movement’s good intentions meet strong official opposition and a progressive social movement begins to evolve into a cult. As symbolism increasingly takes over from reality, a core group sets off to Egypt to join east and west, male and female by building a canal through Suez. Suzanne endures betrayal and great emotional loss before she can finally accept that her faith has been misplaced, and begin to find her own way forward.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

SUZANNE VOILQUIN, late 20’s, a seamstress / MADAME VOILQUIN, her mother / JEANNE, early 20’s, Suzanne’s friend / EMILE BARRAULT, early 30’s, Saint-Simonian preacher/teacher / CLAIRE BAZARD, 40’s, in charge of the Saint-Simonian women / MICHEL CHEVALIER, 25, editor of The Globe newspaper / CECILE FOURNEL, late 20’s, upper middle class / HENRI FOURNEL, early 30’s, Cecile’s husband, engineer and industrialist / PROSPER ENFANTIN, early 30’s, leader of the Saint-Simonians / MERCHANT / GIRL / WOMAN / GENDARME / 2 REPORTERS / MARIE / GUARDSMAN / PROSECUTOR / LOUISE / MAN / YOUNG WOMAN

First Produced:

2001, Alumnae Theatre

Resources:

The Pear is Ripe is available through the CPO Website.

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