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Echoes/Girls of Summer



A young man and woman build a low keyed paradise of happiness within an asylum, only to have it shattered by the intrusion of the outside world. The two characters search, at times agonizingly, to determine the difference between illusion and reality. The effort is lightened by moments of shared love and “pretend” games, like decorating Christmas trees that are not really there. The theme of love, vulnerable to the surveillances of the asylum, and the ministrations of the psychiatrist, a nonspeaking part seems as fragile in the constrained setting as it often is in the outside world./ A woman of thirty years has sacrificed life and romance in order to rear the younger members of her family. Her young sister, 18, is the last of the line and her last worry. One summer romance does enter this woman’s life from three directions: the dance instructor who lives upstairs, a mournful trumpet player in another wing, and a brash guy with a cream-colored Jaguar who dates the younger sister but has his eye on the older. He manages to create a furor in this house of smothered emotions. In the original cast of this, the fifth Broadway play by Mr. Nash, were Shelley Winters and Pat Hingle.

Character Breakdown

The Person/ Hilda Brookman
Jules Taggart
Mickey Argent
Binnie Brookman
Gene Mitchell
Mrs. Mitchell
Tommy Brookman
Phyllis Brookman