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An Athens woman wakes up middle-aged and finds her life with a younger man undignified.
...only this is her movie, and she gets the younger guy.
They're right for each other, and she regrets it immediately, but she can't take him back: her daughter Jackie, who idolizes and competes with her, tells her Jim has seduced her, and Diana believes it.
DIANA, the Hamlet at the heart of this comedy, is a clothes designer with a boutique, a house in Filothei, and a younger lover, Jim, her kept man for two years now. There’s nothing she can’t handle—except getting older.
JIM is happy with a champagne-and-sports-car life, but he’s also a talented script-writer who’s postponing seriousness into a future that never comes. Together they’re fast company. They must have been brilliant at her birthday party last night.
This morning, though, even while he’s making love to her, she’s spooked. She tells him he has to go. She wants something more presentable, more—respectable—before it’s too late.
Which shocks him. He takes life as it comes, but this is a bit violent.
BETSY, the suicidal widow of a husband she drove to suicide, is too scattered to pass a driving test, takes a lesson with Jim, spins the car onto a cliff and is ready to gun it and take him with her.
Diana's lawyer GRIFF, more her age and on her success level, has been in love with her for years. Now’s his chance. When Jackie tells Diana the lie that Jim has seduced her Diana gives up on Jim and tries to make a go of it with Griff.
Proposed cast: Fiona Georgiadi, reel (Jackie)
JACKIE, Diana’s daughter, idolizes her and so misses no chance to pick at and defy her. Inwardly shaky, she is outwardly impish and sexy. She thinks she’s in love with Jim; in fact what she needs is a father.
Betsy's son DYLAN—eccentric hair, psychotic eyes, twitches constantly and rhythmically as if keeping time to music he doesn’t much enjoy—is in the same college class with Jackie, over whom he moans uncontrollably. He disgusts her.
MARIA, Diana's housekeeper, is the deadpan foil to Diana's Hamlet, secret ally to Jim, and the one person Diana doesn't dare defy.
GWEN is Diana's mischievous best friend and alter-ego. She'll take Jim if Diana doesn't want him! Just kidding. In an attempt to bring them back together she throws a party and invites both of them, but it turns into a confrontation....
And the final character is Athens—
The stage version of Chocolate and Champagne was produced by Love Creek at the Creative Place Theatre in New York.