Playwright’s Notes: Arthur of the Little Round Table


(In order of appearance)









Scene 1……Little Acorns-Arthur’s Consignment Shop, Friday
Scene 2……Woe Is Us-Shop, next day
Scene 3……In Pursuit-Willowtree’s shed, nighttime
Scene 4……Temptation-Shop, a weekday


Scene 1…..Broken Promise-Shop, a Saturday morning
Scene 2…..A Rescue-Shop, later that morning
Scene 3…..Behold-Willowtree’s shed, same day
Scene 4…..All Good Things-Shop, Saturday afternoon

Character Descriptions for ARTHUR OF THE LITTLE ROUND TABLE
(In order of appearance)

ARTHUR HONEYCUTT: A decent and ultra-honest but naive and rather uninteresting man, essentially an idealist who wants to devote his life to doing meaningful and exciting things, like searching for, finding, and preserving the material expressions of the past; in brief, antiques, especially from the Arts and Crafts period, of which he is enamored. He has much to learn both about antiques and life in general, but is capable of learning and “growing”.

PENNY HONEYCUTT: Arthur’s wife, a legal secretary, is far more practical, probably more intelligent, definitely more skeptical than Arthur, and fairly bored. She is a good wife who, despite misgivings, goes along with her romantic husband both to support and protect him from the real world, although he often annoys her. Personalities and good looks superior to her husband’s can definitely attract her attention.

GUY WILLOWTREE: This sleazy character is not nearly as stupid as he acts. His fumbling ways, his speech blunders, and sometimes pathetic (seeming) ignorance have all become part of his presentation. He is a picker who grubs about for things to sell to dealers. There is still something almost lovable about the rogue.

HARRIET VANDERHORST: A patrician whose divorce left her rich, she is an important collector of Arts and Crafts antiques as well as a snob who pretends indifference to almost everything, but she would kill for the right item to add to her collection. She is close, initially, to her advisor, the renowned and obnoxious Arts and Crafts specialist, Jeffrey Dillsworth, but beneath her refined exterior lurks a sharp-tempered fighter.

MARCIA STEINHARDT: A wealthy, philosophizing, local and big-time gossip who patronizes Arthur’s shop in her quest for jet and Bakelite jewelry, although Arthur will attempt to interest her, unsuccessfully, in Arts and Crafts items. She can be quite compulsive in her buying habits, resisting temptation by yielding. Despite a very mild demeanor, she has very strong opinions.

ANDREW CANNON: Rough-hewn, pompous, impatient man, something of a blustering bully, who visits Arthur’s shop as a consignor. He brings very odd items, any of which he feels are supremely important and that Arthur has no right to reject. Doesn’t mind creating a scene, but can also be something of a gentleman from the old school.

JEFFREY DILLSWORTH: One of the most important and knowledgeable collector/dealers in the field of Arts and Crafts as well as one of the most obnoxious. He will stop at nothing to gain what he wants, short of murder. This Renaissance man is both respected and hated by all the other dealers and collectors. He is frequently holier-than-thou and superior to all. A rather heroic figure, he is most attractive to women.

These images might be helpful:

Gustav Stickley’s Missing Sideboard

Arthur’s Little Round Table

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