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Title

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

Director      

Mary Beth Easley

Roles to be Cast

Matilda "Tillie" Hunsdorfer Ruth Hunsdorfer Beatrice Hunsdorfer Mr. Goodman Nanny Mr. Frank Janice Vickery

Notes

From Dramatists: Frowzy, acid-tongued, supporting herself and her two daughters by taking in a decrepit old boarder, Beatrice Hunsdorfer wreaks a petty vengeance on everybody around her. One daughter, Ruth, is a pretty but highly strung girl subject to convulsions; while the younger daughter, Matilda, plain and almost pathologically shy, has an intuitive gift for science. Encouraged by her teacher, Tillie undertakes a gamma ray experiment with marigolds that wins a prize at her high school‹and also brings on the shattering climax of the play. Proud and yet jealous, too filled with her own hurts to accept her daughter's success, Beatrice can only maim when she needs to love and deride when she wants to praise. Tortured, acerbic, slatternly, she is as much a victim of her own nature as of the cruel lot that has been hers. And yet, as Tillie's experiment proves, something beautiful and full of promise can emerge from even the most barren, afflicted soil. This is the timeless lesson of the play and the root of its moving power and truth.


Title

Lost in Yonkers

Director 

Eric Forsythe

Roles to be Cast

Arty Kurnitz, 13 - 15 Aunt Bella Kurnitz, 40 - 50 Eddie Kurnitz, 40 - 43 Grandma Kurnitz, 65 - 75 Jay Kurnitz, 15 - 17 Louie Kurnitz, 40 - 50 Gert Kurnitz, 40 -50

Notes

A coming of age story set in Yonkers, New York. It is the part of the “Eugene Trilogy,” a story about two brothers, Arty and Jay, who are cared for by their mother and grandmother. Their father is a traveling salesman who is paying off debts to a loan shark. Their mother is dead. The story also includes Arty and Jay’s aunt and uncle, who are both dysfunctional in different ways. The play’s climax is a confrontation between Grandma Kurnitz and Aunt Bella.


Title

I Do!  I Do!

Director         

Nathan Halvorson

Roles to be Cast

Michael, 25 - 40, baritone Agnes, 25 - 40, mezzo

Notes

The story follows newly weds Michael and Agnes starting on their wedding day and explores their life together over the next 50 years until they finally sell their home to the next pair of newlyweds. During that time, the couple goes through their wedding night jitters, raises a family, negotiates mid-life crises, quarrels, separates, reconciles and grows old together.

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