Impetuous Lady Martha and her sister, Lady Julia, are shy country girls, come to London to be presented to Society by their Aunt Maybelle, the Duchess - and, if the Duchess has her way, to marry well. However, the plain-spoken sisters are ill-prepared to cope with the circumspectly courteous demands of city life and High Society. Will Lady Martha survive her encounter with Lord Peter Thornham with her reputation intact, or will his rakish reputation soil another family's good name?
Can quiet Lady Julia rescue her sister from the fate that awaits her, with the aid of the foppish Lord Edward Toffington? Will the London social scene ever be the same? Will the Duchess? After all, once one's reputation is already in tatters, one may do and say as one thinks... This is an original, full cast, fully sound-scaped audio dramatization.
The Atlantic Theater Company brings you this charming melodrama of place and manners. In The Hoyden by Berta Platas, a cosmopolitan duchess (Aunt Maybelle) brings her two nieces (Lively Lady Martha and retiring Lady Julia) out to London society. She hopes to secure good futures for both girls by marrying them into well-placed families. The two country-bred nieces flounder as they encounter the rigid civilities and tricky undercurrents of this new high-tone environment. Will they succeed while remaining virtuous in this slick new environment? Can the duchess survive the repercussions of their antics? Is their frankness a blessing in disguise? Six talented voice actors give terrific period performances as they share the missteps of the accidentally troublesome young ladies.
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