BOUNTIFUL GIFTS

By Dan Noonan | Playwright
Genre Comedy
Type Play
Subgenre Holiday
Time Period 1991-2010
Male Actors 3
Female Actors 6
Undefined Actors 0
Length Full Length
Set Complexity basic

Summary

It’s the 1990’s and Rosemary is hosting her dysfunctional family for Thanksgiving as usual. But this year the stakes are especially high because her husband Ed was just offered a big transfer/promotion out to California. But Rosemary, who has devoted her life to this contentious group, does not want to move and leave her family behind. In order to change Ed’s mind, Rosemary is determined to make this the most peaceful, joyous, family affirming Thanksgiving of her career. The only real obstacle is her family: a sister-in-law with a brain tumor; a self-obsessed teenage son who does hair and make-up; a daughter-in-law and son who want to move back in; a caustic sister who loves to be a pot boiler; an aunt in her eighties who insists on being treated like a princess; and a neurotic hippy niece who can’t be in the same room as her mother. Join this cast of characters as they put Rosemary through the ringer while she tries to create a day of family bliss.

Characters

Bob Pochatello

Gender male
Age 25 - 30 years
Vocal Range not applicable
Ethnicity Hispanic or Latino
Body Type Any
Personality Charming Friendly Sweet

Description Bob is not actually hispanic, he is half native-american but he should have a darker complexion. He should not look 100% white. He is Maude's boyfriend and he is very calm. He is a musician. He loves Maude very much and he knows how to get along with people.

Maude O'Casey

Gender female
Age 25 - 30 years
Vocal Range not applicable
Ethnicity Caucasian
Body Type Any
Personality Compassionate Condescending Passionate

Description Maude is a do-gooder hippy. She is Carmel's daughter. She works at a non-profit and wants to save the world. She is a bit neurotic. She and her mother butt heads a lot because her mother wants her to take a more conventional path.

Pacita Sullivan

Gender female
Age 25 - 30 years
Vocal Range not applicable
Ethnicity Asian
Body Type Any
Personality Analytical Independent Intelligent

Description Pacita is married to Rosemary and Ed's son Marty. Marty is an offstage character. Pacita is pregnant and is spending Thanksgiving with her in-laws. Pacita is smart. She knows how to remain calm in tense situations. Marty wants to move back in with his parents to save money so they can buy a house but Pacita is not sure that is a good idea.

Winnifred Lathrop

Gender female
Age 75 - 85 years
Vocal Range not applicable
Ethnicity Caucasian
Body Type Any
Personality Delicate Feminine Flirtatious

Description Winnifred is Rosemary's and Carmel's Aunt. She was raised with a lot of money and she has married three times and continues to have a lot of money. She is a bit of a princess.

Carmel O'Casey

Gender female
Age 50 - 60 years
Vocal Range not applicable
Ethnicity Caucasian
Body Type Any
Personality Dominant Funny Strong-willed

Description Carmel is Rosemary's sister. She has a twenty-five year old daughter Maude. Carmel is a city employee who raised Maude as a single parent. She has had a challenging life as a single parent but she has come through it because she is strong. She can also be antagonistic.

Ed Sullivan

Gender male
Age 50 - 60 years
Vocal Range not applicable
Ethnicity Caucasian
Body Type Any
Personality Ambitious Distant Masculine

Description Ed is the patriarch of the family. He has just been offered a promotion out to California. He wants to take the promotion and leave the family back in Chicago. He can be gruff and is a man of few words.

Rosemary Sullivan

Gender female
Age 50 - 60 years
Vocal Range not applicable
Ethnicity Caucasian
Body Type Any
Personality Cheerful Compassionate Maternal

Description Rosemary is the matriarch of the family. Her husband Ed wants to take a promotion out to California but Rosemary wants to stay in Chicago where her family is. She has devoted her life to her family. They are her career.

Kay Sullivan

Gender female
Age 45 - 55 years
Vocal Range not applicable
Ethnicity Caucasian
Body Type Any
Personality Cheerful Sensitive Vulnerable

Description Kay has a brain tumor and is in a wheel chair. Since she has been diagnosed with a brain tumor she has come to live with her brother's family. She fears she is a burden. Everyone enjoys her company but she herself wonders if she should be in an assisted living home.

Dennis Sullivan

Gender male
Age 35 - 45 years
Vocal Range not applicable
Ethnicity Caucasian
Body Type Any
Personality Brooding Charming Sassy

Description The actor who plays Dennis is the narrator of the play. He is in his late thirties. As his present day self he is charming but he also plays his seventeen year old self in the majority of the play and he is sarcastic and very much a teenager.

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