Upon ascending the Bordello's grand staircase, you will notice names etched in frosted glass transoms above each door. From here, we receive our inspiration for the girls who lived and worked in these bedrooms. Alliances and jealousies, competition, sisterhood-and survival-is forged here.
So little is known about this shrewd businesswomen who made her fortune from selling girls to men. We choose to portray her this way-attractive, but aloof, mysterious and cold.
Bertha’s history in the house spans almost four decades. Going to work for Laura Zeigler as a teenager, she eventually bought the house from Laura and became its “Madame.” She is observant, astute, and street-wise. Because of her enduring presence in the house, Bertha is our featured character, and her voice will transition us through the scenarios and decades of history that she alone saw from beginning to end.
She is the new girl, but is she as sweet and innocent as she appears? Rose aspires to fame, but circumstances find her seeking refuge in the house. Attempting to conceal her identity, she proves herself to be cunning and resourceful.
From the wave of Irish immigration that helped settle the West, Lanna is tough, rebellious, and often bawdy. But Lanna cannot hide from us that in spite of her worldly ways, she has a heart of gold.
Kitty is a simple Arkansas farm girl who struggles with the guilt and shame of her profession. She seeks spiritual refuge, and hopes to return to her former life, but is trapped when a dreaded and unspeakable tragedy befalls her.