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Lady Hyacinth D'Ysquith — Missionary, a Woman of a Certain Age
Mays: "She's a great big dreadnought of a woman with huge breasts and an enormous bustle. In many ways, she's the most masculine member of the family despite her sex. She carries a parasol which she brandishes like a mace or a broad sword."
Major Lord Bartholomew D'Ysquith — a Ridiculously Musclebound Health Nut
Mays: "We have him in this absurd 19th-century workout costume with leather belts and buckles and garters and snaps and trusses. He has this outlandish handlebar mustache. The costumes do so much of the work. If you put on a muscle suit, it affects the way move. You can't put your arms down to the side or do anything useful with them."
Lady Salome D'Ysquith Pumphrey — a Flamboyantly Awful Actress
Mays: "She appears playing Hedda Gabler. We made the wonderful discovery that she would probably be doing this in Danish which — I didn't know this — was the language of the Norwegian elite and the language that Ibsen wrote in. So for this role, I spent my time learning the words in Danish. It's a very short appearance. I go out there, saw the air a bit, speak Danish and blow my brains out."
(Evan Henerson is a Los Angeles-based arts writer and former theater critic for the Los Angeles Daily News. His work has appeared in American Theatre, Backstage and Stage Directions.)
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