The Heiress

The background of the play is New York in the 1850s and the basic story tells of a shy and plain young girl, Catherine Sloper, who falls desperately in love with a delightful young fortune hunter. Catherine’s lack of worldliness prevents her from realizing that the young man proposing to her is not entirely drawn to her by her charm. Catherine’s father, a successful doctor, sees through the fortune hunter and forbids the marriage, but his daughter proposes an elopement that fails to materialize because the young man knows most of her expected fortune will go elsewhere if he marries her. Catherine retires into a little world of her own. But the fortune hunter turns up once more and again proposes to her. For a moment, Catherine leads him to believe that she will accept him, but when he calls by appointment, she locks the door, blows out all the lights and allows him to realize that she will not be fooled for the second time.


Maria – Jeanne Weiskopf

Dr. Austin Sloper – William J. Ballhorn

Lavinia Penniman – Selma Geer

Catherine Sloper – Dolcye Johnson

Elizabeth Almond – Belle Whiffen

Arthur Townsend – Thomas Roth

Marian Almond – Patricia Ballhorn

Morris Townsend – Thomas Zientek

Mrs. Montgomery – Karin Schreiber

Production Staff

Director: David C. Bryant

Set Design: Don Ehlert

Stage Manager: Peter Moody

Production Manager: Don Zastrow

Technical Manager: Henry Weinberger Jr.

Technical Director: John Brick

Costume Mistress: Marcella Held

Master Electrician: Roland K. Lorenz

Properties: Pearl Haartman, Carole Schmitt

Make-Up Master: Arno Roehl

Co-Chairman: Robert O. Larson

Master Carpenter & Painter: Chester Hurtienne

Prompter: Elaine Jerving

Cover Art: Roger Lahm