THE HEIRESS takes place in 1850s New York. Catherine is a plain, shy, socially awkward young woman, the only child of a wealthy and successful, but emotionally cold, physician. Suddenly, a handsome, charming man named Morris Townsend appears and begins to court Catherine. But does he really care for Catherine? Or is he only interested in her money?
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Catherine Sloper (25-40) a gawky, socially inadequate woman of intelligence and warmth but huge insecurity
Morris Townsend (30-40) a penniless, charming and romantic gentleman, who has lived abroad and whose motives are in question throughout the play
Dr. Austin Sloper (60-70) Catherine’s father, a successful but emotionally cold doctor who has never truly embraced his daughter for who she is. He lives with the memory of her beautiful dead mother as a comparison.
Lavinia Penniman (50-70) Austin’s sister and Catherine’s aunt. Lavinia is a foolish, but sweet woman torn between her devotion to her brother and her romantic idealism.
Maria (20-50) the Sloper housekeeper
Mrs. Montgomery (30-50) Morris’ sister, a poor widow with children, who defends her brother and his intentions to Dr. Sloper.
Marian Almond (20-30) Catherine’s cousin, pretty and vivacious
Elizabeth Almond (50-60) Marian’s mother and Dr. Sloper’s sister, a handsome wealthy woman of New York society.
Arthur Townsend (20-30) Marian’s fiancée and Morris’ cousin; a young man of wealth and status.