Proposals

a Comedy
by
David Mitchell

Introduction

'Proposals' is a comedy of manners. Most of the characters in the play have severe emotional or sexual problems with relationships. The surprising interventions by Trixie, a fictional character in a play being written by Peter, and by Trixie's real-life counterpart, Roxy, resolve matters to almost everyone's satisfaction.

The Cast

Michael (Mickey) Good
Lionel Mason
Antonia Mason
Julia Reeves
Roxanne (Roxy) Mason
Paul Groves
Peter Philbin
a successful young actor, in his late twenties or early thirties
a wealthy industrialist, in his early fifties
his second wife, in her late thirties
a former actress, now married and in her early thirties
an undergraduate of twenty, Lionel's daughter by his first marriage
a struggling young actor, in his mid-twenties
a successful playwright, in his late thirties

The Sets

The living room of Michael Good's flat (all but three scenes are set here)

The breakfast room and kitchen of the Mason's House (Act 1, scene 3 and Act 3, scene 2)

A rehearsal studio (Act 3, scene 4)

The Play

'Proposals' is a conventional, but short, three-act play with each act taking about twenty minutes to perform. Of the seven parts, Michael's is by far the largest at around 400 speeches. He's on stage in every scene except Act 3 Scene 2. Paul's is the shortest - just 9 speeches in Act 3 Scene 1 - though he has a non-speaking appearance in Act 1 Scene 3. The other characters come and go in several scenes and have parts between 100 and 150 speeches in size.

ACT 1

ACT 2

ACT 3

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