Arms and the Man

George Bernard SHAW (1856 - 1950)

Arms and the Man is a comedy by George Bernard Shaw that takes place in 1885, during the Serbo-Bulgarian War. Raina Petkoff is engaged to the gallant Sergius Saranoff, hero of the recent Bulgarian victory over the Serbs. But she is distracted by the abrupt arrival of Captain Bluntschli, a Swiss mercenary who fought for the Serbian army. He takes refuge in her bedroom after the battle and although he is initially threatening, reveals that he carries chocolate creams instead of bullets. Will Raina marry the posturing Sergius or the chocolate cream soldier? Extra intrigue is provided by saucy servant girl Louka, her dour fiance Nicola, and Raina's hand-wringing parents. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)

Cast (in order of speaking):

Narrator: Availle
Catherine Petkoff: Karen Savage
Raina Petkoff: Elizabeth Klett
Louka: Arielle Lipshaw
Captain Bluntschli: mb
Officer: David Lawrence
Nicola: Barry Eads
Major Petkoff: Robert Keiper
Sergius Saranoff: Mark F. Smith

Audio edited by: Elizabeth Klett

Genre(s): Comedy

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Act 1 Group 00:44:46
Play 02 Act 2 Group 00:45:30
Play 03 Act 3 Group 00:58:07