Starveling is a tailor, he is in a play called "The Most Lamentable Comedy and most Cruel Death of Pyramus and Thisby." It is for the Duke of Athens (Thesues) and Hippolyta who are soon to be married. A list of the other characters included in the play are :-

Bottom - Pyramus
Flute - Thisby
Snout - Pyramus' father
Starveling - Thisby's mother
Snug - Lion

There is also another person called Quince he is directing the playexternal image starveling2.jpg