Plucky Bostonian Kathy met, fell in love with and married her gentle husband Randall shortly after enduring a highly-publicized kidnapping, rape and subsequent trial eight years ago. Now bedridden from a troublesome first pregnancy, she finds herself competing for Randall's attentions with a female co-worker who may or may not be the silhouetted victim in a televised crime documentary. Randall 's knight-in-shining-armor obsession drives Kathy to look at their own initial meeting and courtship in a new and disturbing light.
CHARACTER BREAKDOWN: (1M, 3F)
KATHY, 40. Pregnant. Having doubts about her suitability for motherhood due to emotional damage from an earlier trauma.
RANDALL, 40s - 50. Her kind, caring husband.
SUSAN, 38. Randall's British co-worker. Attractive. Mysterious. Reserved.
ANGELA, 17. Susan's bi-racial American daughter. Brilliant. Emotionally volatile..
DAMSEL was developed in the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages. Initial developmental readings featured Michael Emerson, Carrie Preston, Jennifer Van Dyke and Rutina Wesley.
DAMSEL was read in the Primary Stages' Fresh Ink Reading Series at Primary Stages, directed by Jenn Thompson, with Mary Bacon, Stephen Kunken, Alanna Spence and Jennifer Van Dyke.
DAMSEL was read at the Bridge Theatre Company, directed by Jenn Thompson, with Kellie Overbey, Alanna Spence.