GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER
By Todd Kreidler
based on the screenplay by William Rose
Dir: David Esbjornson
Main Stage LORT B
1st reh: 8/12/14
Performs: 9/5 - 10/5/14 (possible extension to 10/12)
Time: Spring of 1967
Place: The home of the Draytons, a house on a hill in San Francisco
55, black. Tillie has worked twenty-seven years as a domestic for the Draytons. Suspicious of John, she is loyal and protective of the Drayton family.
HILARY ST. GEORGE
43, white. Associate Director of the Drayton Gallery. Hilary is an employee of Christina’s and happens to be working at the house when Joanna arrives with John. Her casually racist remarks push Christina to fire her.
64, white. Runs the Drayton Gallery. Having taught Joey to treat everyone as equals, her belief in those teachings is challenged when she meets John. Fiercely loving and determined to keep her daughter in her life.
67, white. Publisher of San Francisco newspaper, The Guardian. A workaholic, Matt does not heed his doctor’s warnings to only work three days a week. While a journalist and a liberal he finds reason to disapprove of Joey and John’s marriage.
23, white. Joey recently interned for a medical research hospital in Hawaii. She is bold and stubborn in her love for John and unwavering in her plans to marry him.
DOCTOR JOHN PRENTICE
37, black. A medical research doctor. John cautiously enters the home and his interactions with Joanna’s parents. Intelligent and respectful he will not marry Joey without her parents’ approval.
75, white. Longtime family friend of the Draytons. He is blunt and sees no issue with Joey and John’s marriage . Monsignor calmly gives Christina and Matt reasons to approve of the relationship.
JOHN PRENTICE SR
63, black. Schoolteacher. Protective and proud of his son, John, he at first strongly disapproves of the marriage as he sees it a threat to all John has worked and built for himself.
59, black. Department store clerk. Having seen the hurt her son, John, has felt, she can neither approve nor disapprove of the marriage but is highly concerned about her son’s heart.
By Elizabeth Egloff
Dir: Michael Wilson
Co-production between the Huntington Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse and Hartford Stage.
LA JOLLA (LORT C): 1st reh: 6/10/14. Performs 6/10 - 8/10/14
HARTFORD STAGE (LORT B): 1st reh: 8/26/14. Performs: 9/11 - 10/5/14
HUNTINGTON THEATRE (LORT C): 1st reh: 10/7/14. Performs: 10/17 - 11/16 (possible extension to 11/22)
DR. HORACE WELLS
Male. 34. Charismatic leading man. Prominent dentist. Discovers nitrous oxide as an anesthetic but fails to prove its worth. Betrayed by his former partner, Morton. Driven near mad after his failure and Morton’s duplicity. Loses everything. Dignified, honorable, and determined -- until he explodes.
Female. 27. Leading lady. Married to Horace and serves as his dental assistant. Kind, loving, and righteous. Only wants what is owed her husband. Defends Horace and his good name until the bitter end.
Male. 27. Charming and attractive. Dentist. Horace’s partner until he breaks off to get married and become a doctor. Desperate to please people, lives in constant fear of others discovering who he really is.
Female. 20s. Comic Ingenue. William Morton’s wife. A graduate of Miss Porter’s school where she was given all the skills useful for marrying a wealthy husband. Idealistic and engaging. Possible brief nudity (but not at the EPA)
DR. CHARLES JACKSON
Male. 47. Respected surgeon. He might well be a genius in another field (having studied Geology, chemistry, astronomy and more), but in this one he’s constantly mocked because he faints at the sight of blood.
DR. JOHN WARREN
Male. 68. Powerful and patrician. Renowned surgeon and professor. Beacon Hill Blue-blood. A perfectionist who is constantly disappointed by others. Loves being a surgeon, very old school, he is not interested in a new way of doing things.
Male. 25. Youngest doctor on staff at Mass General. He seems to have it all; wealth, good looks and confidence. Treated like a baby by all the other doctors. He has a nose for innovation and recognizes a good idea when he see it.
DR. AUGUSTUS GOULD
Male. 50. A spectacled conchologist and former surgeon. He can’t stand the screaming anymore. An outsider. Insecure and fragile.
Male. 50. House surgeon. Tough and hard working. Should be valued more by the hospital, trying to hide his growing resentment.
Female. 50s. Wealthy patient of Horace’s. Educated, dignified. Has impeccable taste and a dry sense of humor that escapes most people.
Male. 20s. The top medical student. A bit of a smart ass. Ruthless enough to be Chief of Surgery some day.
The following role has been CAST:
DR. COLTON: Role CAST. Male. 40s-50.
AWAKE AND SING
By Clifford Odets
Dir: Melia Bensussen
Mainstage LORT B
1st reh: 10/14/14. Performs: 11/7 - 12/7/14 (possible extension to 12/14)
Female. Myron’s wife. The mother (and self-proclaimed father) of the house. Possesses great resourcefulness and energy. Naïve and quick in emotional response. Proper according to her own standards. Dominating, opinionated, and controlling. Only wants her children to be secure, but often at the cost of their happiness.
Male. Bessie’s husband. A born follower who would like to be a leader. Heartbroken, but not aware of it. Generally disregarded by his family, particularly his wife. Rarely gets a word in edgewise.
Female. 26. Myron and Bessie’s daughter. Has had few friends. Self-reliant in the best sense. Bold sense of humor and energy. Stubborn and snarky and often keeps her feelings close to her chest. Likely knows what she wants, but doesn’t always act on it.
Male. 22. Myron and Bessie’s son. A boy with a clean spirit. Strong desire to learn. Ardent, romantic, sensitive, and naïve. In love with an orphan girl, despite his mother’s protests. Seeks comfort from his grandfather Jacob.
Male. Bessie’s brother. Successful American businessman. The lives of others seldom touch him deeply. Pleased by attention. Deeply intolerant and thinks mostly of himself.
Male. Older, Jewish. Bessie and Morty’s father. A constant boarder in the Berger home. A sentimental idealist with no power to turn ideal into action. Has the flair of an artist when it comes to being a barber, but otherwise falters. Trying to find a right path for himself. An observer of others; reflective nature. Marxist. Often mocked by his family, but has a close relationship with grandson Ralph.
Male. A friend of the Berger’s. Mordant, bitter, argumentative. Life has taught him a disbelief in everything. Lost a leg in the war; seldom forgets that fact. Rarely shows his feelings. Only wants to be with Hennie, but is sometimes too stubborn to admit this. Very proud.
Male. Wants to find a home. A foreigner in a strange land; hypersensitive to this. Lonely. Has a sense of others laughing at him. Might have been a poet in another time and place. Marries Hennie, but never believes she loves him.
Male. Janitor in the Berger’s apartment building. Overworked German, speaks broken English. Often upset with the Berger family.
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
By Christopher Durang
Dir: Nicholas Martin
Mainstage LORT B
1st reh: 12/9/14. Performs: 1/2/15 - 2/1/15
Time: Present day
Place: A lovely farmhouse in Bucks County
50. Living in Bucks County with his sister. Resigned to a quiet/uneventful life, more or less, at least compared to Sonia, his sister.
Early 50s. Vanya’s adopted sister. Living with him in Bucks County. Discontent, upset, regretful. Seeking a better life, but isn’t necessarily active about it.
50s. Vanya and Sonia’s glamorous sister. A successful actress who goes gallivanting around the world.
29 or younger. An aspiring actor. Sexy, self-absorbed. Masha’s new companion. If they made a reality show about abs this guy would be on it.
Early 20s. Lovely, sincere would-be actress. Visiting her aunt and uncle next door. Star-struck and energetic.
Cleaning lady and soothsayer, wise and funny. Any age, any race.
THE SECOND GIRL
By Ronan Noone
Dir: Campbell Scott
Wimberly Stage LORT C
1st Reh: 12/23/14. Performs: 1/16 - 2/15/15 (possible extension to 2/22)
Place: The kitchen of the Tyrone’s Summer home
BRIDGET O SULLIVAN
32 going on 40. The cook, and the First Girl. Proud to be surviving in America but isn’t passionate about her job. She is stoically and reluctantly slipping into spinsterhood and finds pleasure drinking throughout her work days. She is pretty, but has “let herself-go” somewhat, forcing herself to become old before her time. The kitchen gives her something to do, but it also reminds her of her emigrant sense of dispossession. She has come to terms with the idea that she will never be returning to Ireland, yet the only person that keeps her connected, a desperate connection she resentfully desires with Ireland, is her recently arrived niece, Cathleen.
CATHLEEN O LEARY
22, is the buxom girl as described by O’Neill but she is far from stupid and resents anyone talking down to her. Although she understands her station is her duty and begrudgingly plays her part of the ingratiating Irish charmer complete with volubility and forthright dark humor. She is a proud confident girl and considers her sojourn in America an adventure and not a permanent relocation. She is spirited and passionate and prefers to live in the moment. She wants to learn everything, soak up the excitement of America, like a sponge.
40, is a hefty fellow. Not fat but awkward maybe, not necessarily handsome but a man who is aware of his own shortcomings as well as his virtues. He almost trips through life accepting his fate, a sadness pertains, but he can find the light when possible. A rascal, he likes to trick and be mischievous as a way of lightening the ever-present somber mood. When his heart is captured he will pursue and persist with a childlike determination. A homebody, he seeks nothing more from life than to be content, happy sometimes, and almost always aware of how finite our time is.
THE COLORED MUSEUM
By George C. Wolfe
Dir: Billy Porter
Mainstage LORT B
1st Reh: 2/10/15. Performs: 3/6 - 4/5/15
An ensemble of five (two men and three women) who perform the following characters that inhabit the exhibit: Note: All characters are African-American
Lady in Plaid
Lala Lamazing Grace
The Little Girl
Normal Jean Reynolds
COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA
By William Inge
Dir: David Cromer
The Nancy and Edward Roberts Studio Theatre LORT D
1st Reh: 3/3/15. Performs: 3/27 - 4/26/15 (possible extension to 5/3)
Male. Married to Lola. Recovering alcoholic. After a year of sobriety he is trying to save others like himself. He never finished medical school and ended up a chiropractor. Loves his wife but drawn to Marie. Accepts himself and where life has taken him.
Female. 18-19. Boards at Doc’s house. College student and artist. Lively and effervescent. Always cheerful, the picture of youth and possibility. Energetic and a bit naive.
Female. Doc’s wife. Near 40. A little bored/ discontented, looking for something to liven up the days. Aware of all the wrong turns her life has taken, but trying to stay positive. Talkative, trying to recapture her youth.
Male. 20s. Young, big, husky, good-looking boy. More know for his brawn then his brain. Chasing Marie.
Male. 50s to 60s. New to the job and just trying to get on with his work. Delighted by a small offer that Lola makes to him and his grandchildren.
Female. Doc and Lola’s neighbor. German accent. Hard, worn, not interested in small talk. But when push comes to shove she’s more then willing to help out a neighbor in need.
Male. 20s. Not handsome but husky and attractive in his uniform. Used to the neighborhood and all of the resident’s quirks.
Male. Youthful. Works for Western Union.
Male. Late 20s to Early 30s. A young and successful businessman, engaged to Marie. Wants to take her to dinner, show her off and show off his newfound wealth.
Male. Middle aged. Experienced and business-like. Doc’s AA sponsor. Patient and caring, but in a no-nonsense way.
Male. Also middle aged, AA sponsor like Ed. Both of them have a bit of a sense of humor about the circumstances, they’ve seen it all before and know how to handle it.
AFTER ALL THE TERRIBLE THINGS I DO
By A. Rey Pamatmat
Dir: Peter DuBois
Wimberly Stage LORT C
1st Reh: 4/28/15. Performs: 5/22 - 6/20/15 (possible extension to 6/28)
Place: An independent bookstore in an average-sized, unremarkable Midwestern town
20s. Any race. A typical Midwestern young man. Tall and strong. Daniel is a writer, a recent graduate from the University of Iowa and is currently writing a “real” novel. Daniel returns to this small mid-western town, in order to live in some quiet solace in order to reflect on his past. He interviews for a position at Linda’s store – Books to the Sky – having visited the store when he was young. The story Daniel writes – even though he insists it is not autobiographical – calls upon his favorite Frank O’Hara poems and attempts to sort out something from his past.
Late 40s. Filipina, an American immigrant. Linda is the owner of the bookstore “Books to the Sky.” She is maternal yet rigid, supportive yet challenging. It is revealed her son committed suicide when he was 17. An entrepreneur, the bookstore is all she has left after her son’s death and her subsequent divorce. Linda is a lover or writers as well and takes to Daniel fairly quickly although she still sees it as her place to give him advice about how he – a gay man – presents himself in their small, mid-western town. Like Daniel, Linda is grappling with something in her past and sees her new relationship with Daniel as a means to resolve it.