Corie Bratter - STAGE AGE EARLY-MID 20'S

Corie Bratter, a newlywed, married only six days at the

beginning of the play. She is young, pretty, and full of


enthusiasm for the future. Impulsive and fun-loving, she


considers herself a doer, not a watcher. Her impetuosity


is not shared, at first, by her mother or husband, and


they are aghast when she cheers the crazy antics of


Victor, a neighbor. Corie eventually learns to appreciate


dependability and quiet strength.




Paul Bratter, Corie’s husband is an attorney in his first

job. Both his dress and his outlook are very conservative.


Extremely proper and dignified, he always knows the right


thing to say. He is levelheaded and practical, and he


keeps his emotions in check, perhaps too much so. After


Corie accuses him of lacking playfulness, he shows her


that he, too, is capable of walking barefoot in the park.



Ethel Banks - STAGE AGE LATE 40'S-EARLY 50'S

Ethel Banks, Corie’s mother. Although she is still pretty,

she has fallen out of step with the fashions. She lives


alone in West Orange, New Jersey. Consciously or


unconsciously, she has adopted a narrow image of herself


as someone with a sensitive stomach, a bad back, and no


need for romance. It takes a wild evening out with Victor


for Ethel to rediscover her carefree and spontaneous self.



Victor Velasco -STAGE AGE LATE 40'S-EARLY 50'S

Victor Velasco, the Bratters’ upstairs neighbor. He is a

colorful character. Although capable of looking positively


natty in a double-breasted pinstriped suit, he also wears


Japanese kimonos and berets. He is vain, flamboyant, and


without shame when it comes to letting someone else pick


up a tab. Married three times, he is a terrific flirt. He is


also a gourmet cook; Paul refers to him as the “Hungarian


Duncan Hines.” There are signs that Victor is beginning to


slow down. After an exhilarating evening of his own


creation, he suffers a broken toe and an upset stomach.



Harry Pepper - STAGE AGE 40'S UP

Harry Pepper, a telephone repairman. He witnesses, to his

mortification, a fight between Corie and Paul.



The Delivery Man - STAGE AGE 40'S UP


A non-speaking role used to convey the distance between


the street and the Bratter apartment.....five floors up -


if you don't count the stoop.





Barefoot in the Park is the story of Corie and Paul

Bratter, newlyweds living in New York City. Corie is an


impulsive, independent free spirit. Paul is a


levelheaded, conservative young lawyer. As the


honeymoon ends and reality sets in, the bliss of


marriage turns to comical discord. Corie’s mother


arrives as an unexpected guest, at loose ends and a


bit loopy. Their situation is further complicated by


their eccentric, bohemian neighbor, “The Bluebeard of


48th Street.”


In the midst of all the craziness and quarreling and

misunderstanding, the young couple learns to live


together, and meet each other halfway.


This Neil Simon hit opened on Broadway on October


23, 1963, and ran for 1530 performances. The original


cast included Elizabeth Ashley, Robert Redford, Mildred


Natwick, and Kurt Kasner.


It was nominated for four Tony Awards and won Best


Director for Mike Nichols.


A film version starring Redford and Jane Fonda was


released in 1967.


To read more about the play, click HERE.