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The American Plan

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Synopsis

It is the Catskills, in the summer of 1960. Lili Adler is the troubled twenty-year-old daughter of a wealthy German-Jewish refugee. By the shore of a lake, she meets Nick Lockridge, a golden young man who looks to her as if “nothing ever happened to him.” Over the summer, Lili comes to view Nick as her savior, and Nick’s fondness for Lili grows; but to Eva, Lili’s autocratic mother, Nick is an object of suspicion, and the romance that blossoms between him and Lili is an unfortunate condition that must be indulged before it can be obliterated. Eva knows she will find out something about Nick which will unmask his unworthiness. To find it, she patiently manipulates Nick’s revelations about his past to prove him unfit for Lili. By play’s end, time, past injuries, and the imperatives of history will conspire to bear out Eva’s dictum that happiness exists “but it’s for other people.”

Character Breakdown

Nick Lockridge (M) golden boy, handsome, charming
Eva Adler (F, German) speaks with German accent
Lili Adler (F,20) charming with a bad habit of lying
Olivia Shaw (F, African American) long time maid of the Adlers
Gil Harbison (M) good humoured, unselfconscious and charming