Six Characters in Search of an Author | Study Guide

Luigi Pirandello

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Six Characters in Search of an Author | Act Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • Around 11:00 a.m.

    The Director and Actors arrive on set.

    Act 1
  • A short while later

    The Characters enter the auditorium looking for an author.

    Act 1
  • Soon afterward

    The Mother faints.

    Act 1
  • Several minutes later

    The Father and Stepdaughter tell the family story.

    Act 1
  • A while thereafter

    The Director decides to stage the Characters' narrative.

    Act 1
  • An hour or two later

    Madame Pace appears onstage.

    Act 2
  • Moments later

    The Father and Stepdaughter act out their scene in the brothel.

    Act 2
  • Immediately following

    The Leading Man and Leading Lady act out the Father and Stepdaughter's scene.

    Act 2
  • A while afterward

    The Mother tears the Father and Stepdaughter apart.

    Act 2
  • Midafternoon

    The Son tries and fails to leave the theater.

    Act 3
  • Some minutes later

    The Little Girl drowns in the fountain.

    Act 3
  • A short while after

    The Son tells his version of events.

    Act 3
  • Moments later

    The Boy shoots himself.

    Act 3
  • Immediately after

    The Director ends the rehearsal.

    Act 3
  • End of day

    The Stepdaughter leaves the stage and the family.

    Act 3

Act Summaries Chart

Act Summary
Author's Preface Pirandello created a Preface for Six Characters in Search of an Author in 1925, four years after its first performance. ... Read More
Act 1 As the play begins, the stage has no scenery, and the auditorium is almost completely dark. There is a prompter's box an... Read More
Act 2 After an intermission, everyone returns to the stage. The Director tells the Foreman to set up for a scene in the brothe... Read More
Act 3 When the curtain rises again, there's a garden fountain on the stage. The Actors sit on one side of the stage and the Ch... Read More
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