GENRE: Historical comedy, adaptation
Orlando wants desperately to be an artist. The only problem is she has over a century of economic hardship and technological revolution standing in her way. As though a century of American history wasn't enough to grapple with, Orlando wakes up from a decade long nap unchanged in all ways except for gender. Orlando tries to embrace his new manhood as a chance for new opportunities, but finds the only thing that's different are the challenges. Based on Virginia Woolf's Orlando, HANDS BORN TIRED asks if anything has really changed.
ORLANDO- Female and later male. Androgynous. 22. Does not age throughout the play.
MOTHER- Orlando’s not always perfect guiding force.
FEMALE CHORUS MEMBER- Plays all other women. FLORENCE, HARRIET, HIPPY 1 and FLO
MALE CHORUS MEMBER- Plays all men. FOREMAN, HARRY, PASTOR, FATHER, JULIAN, HIPPY 2, OFFICIAL, BOSS, DARIUS
SHEL- A beautiful male to female transvestite.