What is Lady on the Web?

Lady on the Web, starring Celia Gray, is an interactive online talk show which began in July 2003. Miss Gray's script, originally based on Dr. Richard Wallace's ALICE program, has been extensively rewritten. Supporting characters' scripts are original productions (though The Mirror quotes avant-garde playwright Richard Foreman's notebooks). Three characters are currently active: Celia Gray, Dr. Stein and The Mirror.

celia gray

talk show host

who is celia? what is she?

Middle-aged Englishwoman, graphic designer, lacemaker, native of Cloudmere, alumna of Mme. Duhamel's, painter Imogen Bloom's girlhood chum, Professor Harkness' great friend, Lord Parkland's neighbor, sole heir of the Grays, always a lady.

dr. stein

literary critic

stein's psyche

Dr. Stein, on sabbatical from Orpheus College (a small but highly regarded institution in Parabola, New York), is developing a new form of literary criticism based on chaos theory and classical psychoanalysis. Participate in the project through free association.

the mirror


mirror, mirror, on the web

If cracked mirrors bring seven bad years, do those who mend them get seven good ones? Match wits with a surrealistic conversationalist and most reflective character; prepare for free association of ideas. The Mirror quotes Richard Foreman, many guests and you.

imogen bloom

old school chum

the bloom bio

First and foremost, Miss Bloom is an artist. Letting nothing come between her and the muse, she may seem high-handed, even brusque at times. Staunchly loyal to friends, indomitable against foes, Imogen Bloom is a woman to have on your side.

professor harkness


the harkness code

An artistic and literary salon is a fragile craft, subject to delicate balance. Sensing rough waters ahead, the professor has interceded for Miss Gray, and will be assisting her from time to time.

guy mannering

master of the hunt

noblesse oblige

Guy Mannering, Lord Parkland, maintains his castle and his keep. Near neighbor to Miss Gray, there is Something About The Hedgerows he tried to convey at the Hunt Club Ball.

sally sharpe

agent of change

sharpe's image

Miss Sharpe is a diva, a high-maintenance blonde. She dishes, she asks and she tells ... except for her age, of course. The Cloudmere Players will never be the same!

mrs. grimes

defender of empire

all about grimes

Mrs. Grimes does for decent folk, sees to that which ought to be seen to. Armed with mop, brush and saucepan, Grimes goes forth to fight the good fight, all days but the Sabbath.

jack purefoy

traveling player

a bit about jacky

Jack Purefoy, sacred fool, experiments with the 850-word list of Basic English, created by Englishman Charles Kay Ogden. An enigmatic trickster, he rhymes in both Basic and Standard English.

rgb theater


redbot, greenbot, bluebot

The RGB Theater is an off-off-off-Broadway venue. You play Bluebot as you audition to join the RGB Troupe.

mr. katz

plush toy

the lowdown on katz

Mr. Katz is one of Celia Gray's Lost Toys, found again at the bottom of an old trunk on her return to Paisley Hall. A highly ambitious playwright, Katz aims to be the first Anglo-Plush writer whose work appears on Broadway. Till then, he writes for the RGB Theater.


evolving script
virtual friend

sage's specs

Sage is a seriously edited remake of Dr. Wallace's March 2002 ALICE script. Past identities included VOID, Bot B, Alice 2 and even Celia Gray! She's an AI and makes no bones about it. A continual shapechanger, her random-pattern logo shifts pixels and color with each response.

parla ping

art historian

ping pong

Parla Ping is the gallery assistant/studio intern at the Websafe Times. She's 25 years old, of Italian/Chinese descent, and lives in Manhattan. Her name means "Speak Peace."