An Evening of Very Strange Plays



An Evening of Very Strange Plays

The Actor’s Nightmare
by Christopher Durang

The Bald Soprano
by Eugene Ionesco

The Swimmer
by F. Xavier Hogan

Directed by
Caitlin Osborne

Costumer
Emily Romanczyk

Technical Director
Oz Osborne

Stage Manager
Debbie Meder

About The Post-Season Show

What makes a nightmare? In my dream world, scary things don’t take the shape of
monsters under the bed. I dream that my teeth are crumbling, falling out. I blink
my eyes and can’t get them open. I try to lead a class that gets larger, noisier, and
more out of control. I must pack my bags to go on an important trip, but the piles
of stuff are enormous, and I’m already late. And occasionally I find myself about
to go onstage in a play that I can’t remember rehearsing. Situations familiar,
spinning out of control.

Tonight we present to you three nightmares in the absurdist vein. Three familiar
situations, where the events unfold as in a dream.

An empty theater, a living room, a park bench.

An unprepared actor, a nonsensical dinner party, a drowning man.

And just as in our dreams, each situation grows increasingly irrational, disturbing,
and tense. And, naturally, humorous – after all, we can be sure that we are going
to wake up.

If you have performed onstage, Durang’s Actor’s Nightmare may seem familiar.
Can our hero perform Shakespeare, Noel Coward, and Samuel Beckett without
rehearsal? Could you?

The Bald Soprano is Ionesco’s nightmare of miscommunication. What happens
when the words we know just stop making sense? Can we ignore them, hoping
that the meaning will be clear? Or must we become alive to the possibility that no
one has been listening or understanding us for a very long time?

Hogan’s Swimmer gives us a window on a stranger’s enigmatic nightmare. Accept
the absurd premise, and then try to arrive at a solution: If a man is drowning in no
water at all, what could possibly save him? Love, a good swat on the head, a stiff
drink? Therapy? A swimming lesson?
Enjoy the shows, and sweet dreams.

Caitlin Osborne, Director

Performed September 15-17, 2005

The Actor’s Nightmare
by Christopher Durang
Produced by permission of Dramatists Play Service Inc.
440 Park Avenue South New York, NY 10016

Cast
George Spelvin……………….. J. Thomas Pogue
Meg, Stage Manager………… Laura Waldhier
Sarah Siddons……………………. Susanna Ritti
Dame Ellen Terry…….. Elaine Meder Wilgus
Henry Irving……………….. Michael Waldhier


The Bald Soprano
by Eugene Ionesco
Produced by permission of Samuel French Inc.
45 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10010-2751

Cast
Mr. Smith……………………… Mercer Bristow
Mrs. Smith……………………….Bonny Farmer
Mr. Martin………………………….. Rob Arnold
Mrs. Martin……………. …..Amber Daughtry
Mary, the maid……………………Katie Brown
The Fire Chief………………. Mark Schroeder
The Clock………………………… Adam Swartz


The Swimmer
by F. Xavier Hogan
Produced by permission of Pioneer Drama Service,
PO Box 4267, Englewood, CO 80155-4267

Cast
The Swimmer………………… Kael Janson Weis
Woman……………………………….. Pat Hazleton
Policeman………………………………… Bob Lillie
Kid on Scooter……………………….. Ben Correll
Young Woman……………….. Amanda Memoli
Tap Dancer……………………………… Jeff Bleam
Businessman…………………………. Rob Arnold
Drunk………………………………….. Oz Osborne
Young Man………………………… Adam Swartz