Book by Bekah Brunstetter
Lyrics by Rob Shapiro
Music by Julia Meinwald
Based on the Play by Bekah Brunstetter
After the scandal of John Singer Sargent's painting "Madame X", six Parisian women face the reality and illusion of the art of love.
Workshop at New Georges, New York, 2009; Staged Reading, New York, 2011
Opening - Solene, Simone, Aurelie, Eloise, Jean & Henry
I Could Be Painting - Henry
To Be Watched - Amelie
I Lament (The Loss of My Glove) - Simone
Hats - Eloise, Amelie & Solene
I've Imagined - Carmel
All That Matters - Eloise
Look At Her (It Was Her) - Henry Simone Eloise, Carmel, Solene & Aurlie
When A Woman - Solene, Aurelie, Eloise, Simone & Carmel
Inventing A Love - Eloise & Carmel
To Be Watched (Reprise) - Amelie
Being Loved - Henry & Women
There Is An Art - Solene
What Is A Baby? - Aurelie
Tend To - Jean Paul
This Is What I Look Like - Amelie
Simone - The Old Woman, constantly lamenting things. She never leaves.
Carmel - 16, full of hope. About to write her first love letter ever.
Eloise - Fat and Patient. She has been waiting for her letter for forever.
Amelie - famous, beautiful, mysterious. Men long to paint pictures of her and hang them above their loveless beds. She is an innovator of manor and dress.
Solene - A Slut. Middle age. Drooping. Spending bank to hide it. A player. She's got one sexless marriage and lots of money to compensate for the lack thereof. Gossip. Most everything she says is for everyone's benefit.
Aurelie - a sweet woman, middle age. Solene's sidekick. Tries to keep up - verbally - fashionably - with Solene.
Henrie – a waiter and porter. Lower class. Bursting with creative energy; pissed at his line of work.
Jean Paul – a lonely old man, Master of the café. He runs the joint and is pretty much immune to everything.