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Charles Evered
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The often hilarious, bawdy, and adventuresome story of Celadine, coffeehouse proprietor, writer, and sometime spy, during the reign of Charles II in London.

Production Info

Cast: 5 total (2 female, 3 male)
Full Length Comedy (about 100 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Period Costumes

Press Quotes

“CELADINE follows the timeless structure of Restoration comedy, with its concealed identity, ribald humor and courtly intrigue. The play has bright potential for regional repeats or perhaps an Off-Broadway run. And if Hollywood were still making those fanciful Technicolor swashbuckling frolics, it would be a dandy entry for a Saturday matinee at the movies.” —Variety

“The titular leading lady of Charles Evered’s CELADINE runs a London coffee house, writes plays, occasionally does a bit of spying, and still looks fabulous well into her forties. Assisting her at the coffee house are Mary, a former hooker, and Jeffrey, a young hunk with a penchant for cross-dressing and for crawling under his boss’s skirt. Completing Celadine’s entourage … are Elliot and Rowley, the former a handsome young actor, the latter an ex-lover. If Celadine’s young daughter Marie were still alive, the lady would seem to have it made — the very picture of a modern 21st-century woman, right? Not quite. Celadine is in fact a woman of the ’70s, the 1670s that is, and if you think that the late 17th century is hardly the setting for a smart, sexy soufflé of a play, think again … Certain to entertain and short enough not to outstay its welcome, Evered’s lively confection will likely send many audience members off to Google the Restoration, Charles II, and Aphra Behn — and that’s more than enough to rate applause.” —Steven Stanley,

“[A] bright and breezy hit comedy — splendid. Evered has created the type of heroine Hepburn adored playing. This has the spirit of an in-his-prime Neil Simon comedy.” —The Star Ledger

“CELADINE is simultaneously uproariously funny even bawdy and tragically touching. It has a tinge of the sweep of history and a taste of personal loss and reconciliation.” —Home News Tribune

About the Author


  • Charles Evered

    Charles Evered took his undergraduate degree from Rutgers-Newark and an MFA from Yale University, where he studied with director George Roy Hill. Mr. Evered has won several awards for his writing including The Berrilla Kerr Award, The Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship at The Manhattan Theatre Club, The Chesterfield/Amblin Fellowship, The Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellowship, The Bert Linder Fellowship, The Lucas Artist Fellowship and The Crawford Playwriting Award. His plays include: RUNNING FUNNY (premiere featured Paul Giamatti), THE SIZE OF THE WORLD (premiere featured Liev Schreiber), THE SHOREHAM (premiere featured Eric Stoltz), ADOPT A SAILOR (premiere featured Sam Waterston and Eli Wallach,) and CELADINE (premiere featured Amy Irving). Additional plays include: BRIDEWELL, WILDERNESS OF MIRRORS, TEDS HEAD, CLOUDS HILL, TEN, CLASS and LOOKING AGAIN. He has written screenplays and teleplays for studios such as: Universal Pictures, NBC, Dreamworks and Paramount Pictures. His produced film and television credits include an episode of MONK entitled "Mr. Monk and the Leper" for USA Network, starring Tony Shalhoub and co-writing the screenplay for the feature RUNNING FUNNY. Mr. Evered also wrote and directed the feature film ADOPT A SAILOR, starring Peter Coyote and Bebe Neuwirth. ADOPT A SAILOR was an official selection at more than 20 national and international film festivals and premiered on Showtime. His short film VISITING premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. His second feature as a director, A THOUSAND CUTS, starred Academy Award nominee Michael O'Keefe and was nominated for a Saturn Award by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. It was distributed by Kino Lorber. Mr. Evered's most recent film, OUT, starred Gloria LeRoy and had its world premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival. A new short play, KNOCK KNOCK, premiered in London at Theatre503. Mr. Evered's work has been profiled in The New York Times, BBC World and on NPR, among other outlets. He is a former officer in the United States Navy Reserve, having gained the rank of Lieutenant. In 2010 he formed a production company called Ordinance 14.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 12/1/2005
Pages 70
ISBN 9780881452839

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

Professional premiere at The George Street Playhouse in New Jersey

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Celadine is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


4/29/2022 – 5/1/2022
The Next Stage, Inc.
Bellefonte, PA

3/23/2017 – 3/26/2017
Rolling Bay Hall
Bainbridge Island, WA