Larry Weiss:Chief protagonist. Larry had planned to go into business with his father soon after graduating college, but at the suggestion of a professor decides to work in the financial industry. Though successful, he nevertheless feels guilty about his decision. As a result, he makes every effort to conceal his success from his father until it is no longer possible.
Marty Weiss: Larry’s father. Marty is angry when Larry decides to become a stock broker rather than go into business together. He remains unaware of Larry’s success and is thus shocked when informed of Larry’s appointment as city budget director.
Barbara Weiss: Larry’s sister. She reluctantly agrees to help Larry conceal news of his success from their father though she finds the entire enterprise ridiculous and unnecessary.
Professor: Impressed by Larry’s intelligence, he suggests Larry could make better use of his talents in the financial industry rather than going into business with his father.
Herb: Marty’s accountant. He informs Marty about Larry’s appointment as city budget director.
Mr. Stevens: Larry’s mentor in the financial industry.
Mayor: Appoints Larry as city budget director and later suggests Larry run for political office.
Jeff Trackman: Assistant budget director. He provided ideas how to solve the city’s budget deficit.
Harry Brooks: Assistant budget director. He clashed with Trackman on how best to solve the city’s budgetary problems.
Diane: Larry’s girlfriend.
Larry Weiss can be performed comfortably with a cast of 8 as follows: 1. Larry Weiss 2. Marty Weiss, Mayor of Philadelphia 3. Barbara Weiss, Secretary 4. Professor, Mr. Stevens 5.Robber, Jeff Trackman 6. Robber, Harry Brooks 7. Diane, customer, waitress 8. Photographer/cameraman, Herb
A reading by the Philadelphia Dramatist Center
Approximately 90 minutes
Preview available here