Plenty

Character: Louise
Created by: David Hare (author)
Directed by: Edward Gilbert
Other cast: Claude-Albert Saucier, Cynthia Mace, Katharine Manning
Venue: Avenue of the Arts BU Theatre
Production dates: February 25 - March 18, 1984

Susan Traherne, a former secret agent, is a woman conflicted by the contrast between her past, exciting triumphs — she had worked behind enemy lines as a Special Operations Executive courier in Nazi-occupied France during World War II — and the mundane nature of her present life, as the increasingly depressed wife of a diplomat whose career she has destroyed. Viewing society as morally bankrupt, Susan has become self-absorbed, bored, and destructive — the slow deterioration in her mental health mirrors the crises in the ruling class of post-war Britain.