Why Marry?

Jesse Lynch Williams (1871 - 1929)

Why Marry? is a comedy, which "tells the truth about marriage". We find a family in the throes of proving the morality of marriage to a New Age Woman. Can the family defend marriage to this self-supporting girl? Will she be convinced that marriage is the ultimate sacredness of a relationship or will she hold to her perception that marriage is the basis of separating two lovers.

"Why Marry?" won the first Pulitzer Prize for Drama. (Summary by Linette Geisel)

Narrator- Elizabeth Klett

Jesse Lynch Williams - Elizabeth Klett

A most estimable lady - Ezwa

Bachelor's niece - Diana Majlinger

JEAN, the host's younger sister, who has been brought up to be married and nothing else - Arielle Lipshaw

REX, an unmarried neighbor, who has not been brought up to be anything but rich - John Fricker

LUCY, the hostess, who is trying her best to be "just an old-fashioned wife" in a new-fashioned home - Katine

UNCLE EVERETT, a Judge, who belongs to the older generation and yet understands the new—and believes in divorce - Algy Pug

COUSIN THEODORE, a clergyman and yet a human being, who believes in everything—except divorce - Samanem

JOHN, who owns the house and almost every one in it—and does not believe in divorce - Marty Kris

HELEN, the host's other sister, whom every one wants to marry, but who doesn't want to marry any one - Availle

ERNEST, a scientist, who believes in neither divorce nor marriage but makes a great discovery - Matthew Reece

THE BUTLER - David Lawrence

Audio edited by Linette Geisel

Genre(s): Comedy

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 DP and Advance notice Elizabeth Klett
Play 02 Act 1 Group 01:16:48
Play 03 Act 2 Group 00:46:37
Play 04 Act 3 Group 00:54:07