Equity Library Theater presents a reading of: Be Calm, Camilla! a 1918 Broadway comedy by Claire Kummer.
With: Camilla Hathaway - Alone in the City - Lydia K. Bill Slattery - A piano mover – Clinton S. Alma Robbins - Hayley K. Baxter Pell - Of Fifth Avenue - Tom M. Celia Brooke - A Lady of Leisure - Rachel D. Joe Gibbons - Another mover - Julian C. McNeil Brownlow, "Mac" - A Waiter - Tim M. Gus Beals - of Broadway - Mark B Junius Patterson - Owner of the car - Rasik O.
Directed by Johnny Culver
A review from 1918...
“BE CALM, CAMILLA” AT THE ALCAZAR THEATRE
"“Be Calm Camilla," airy, witty, romantic fairy tale of Broadway, at the Booth Theatre this witty, whimsical comedy, by Claire Kummer, ran for months. It is smart, snappy, up-to-date, This adroit, epigrammatic writer knows Broadway life to its core. Her humorous fancy finds wide swing in the droll story of the artless Wisconsin girl who went to the big cynical city to challenge fame and fortune as a pianist. "Be Calm” is Camilla's motto, whether in a dismal little side street hotel, or in a lovely white hospital room after the automobile has bowled her over, or at the bungalow in the woods where she convalesces. Everybody is good to Camilla, because she is artless and unsophisticated, from the burly piano movers, who come to seize her old rattle trap instrument, and the bibulous old waiter who smuggles food to her, up to the repentant, but careless, millionaire motorist.
A gay and carefree play this, with blend of crackling humor and tender pathos. It has delightful character types, including Belle Bennett, as the heroine; Walter P. Richardson, as the Tin pan alley song writer; Thomas Chatterton, as “the sixth richest man in New York"; Clifford Alexander, as a Fifth avenue lizard; Henry Shumer and Rafael Brunetto, as the piano movers; Al Cunningham, as the philanthropic waiter; Emily Pinter, as a “lady of leisure," and the first appearance of Jean Oliver, as the sophisticated, amusing little hospital nurse. The scenic environment is most picturesque!""