The Book of Empty Pages

Character Descriptions

Principal Roles – 7 male (including Nancy), 9 female

DAISY: (2 solos, 4 duets, 2 cameos — 189 lines) 24-year old ingénue; pink hair; endearing & sweet. Think Claire Cleary from “Wedding Crashers”.

SAM: (1 solo, 2 duets, 3 trios, 2 cameos — 143 lines) 23-year-old musician; former foster kid; charismatic & charming. Think Ben from “Grey’s Anatomy”.

NANCY: (3 trios, 1 cameo — 80 lines) 45-year-old new center supervisor; crabby chain-smoker; played by a male; antagonist. Think Frances McDormand.

DIRK: (1 solo, 1 duet, 1 trio, 1 cameo — 41 lines) 26-year old; Daisy’s alcoholic husband; perfect exterior/ugly interior. Think Earl from “Waitress”.

JACK: (1 trio, 3 cameos — 59 lines) 55-year-old; Daisy’s father & Gretchen’s former traditionalist pastor; dynamic. Think Mr. Simon from “That’s What I Am”.

H: (2 trios, 2 cameos — 70 lines) 35-year old pharmacist; very flamboyant and fervently optimistic; Nancy’s nemesis. Think David Rose meets Kurt Hummel.

GRETCHEN: (1 trio, 1 cameo — 39 lines) 73-year-old cranky patient co-founder of FM; dynamic. Think Lucille Bluth from “Arrested Development”.

AMY: (1 duet, 2 cameos — 29 lines) 22-year-old outspoken patient; pretty & dumb; filter-less. Think Erin from “The Office” or Nicky from “Orange is the New Black”.

DENISE & ALICE: (3 trios — 19 & 17 lines) 40-year-old custodians; natural complainers and, therefore, gravitate toward Nancy; take pride in being her posse.

YOUNG DAISY: (1 duet, 1 cameo — 7 lines) 12-year-old who stands up for herself and calls her dad out. Think Max from “Stranger Things”.

DOCTOR: (12 [longer] lines) Middle-aged; confident & intelligent; could be played by male or female – although I lean female. Think Abby Griffin from “The 100”.

FRANK, MARY JANE, SOPHIA, & WEMBLEY: (6 songs — 12-20 lines) Patients -> W: blind, MJ: druggie, F: incontinent Yooper, S: know-it-all.

Optional cameo in song #13: HOT SHIRTLESS NEIGHBOR.

Referenced, but never seen (may be ‘heard’ on the other end of the telephone): TOMMY, ELIZABETH, DAISY’S MOM, HELEN, SAM’S PARENTS, FRANKLIN, & EARL.



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