Bell, Book and Candle



Bell, Book and Candle

a Comedy in Three Acts
by
John van Druten

Directed by
Allan W. Osborne
Scenic Designer
Jon Vickers-Jones
Lighting Designer
Susan L. Polay
Technical Director
Jon Vickers-Jones
Stage Manager
Andrea Schwander
Costume Designer
Edna Rentschler
Sound Designer
Michael Blake
Apprentice Coordinator
Kathi Lunardi
Assistant Stage Manager
Kathleen Murphy

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service
440 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10016

ABOUT THE PLAY

John van Druten was a mid-20th century playwright and, although he may not be one of the most familiar names of the period, he influenced the popular culture of his day and continues to do so today.

In 1951 van Druten wrote I Am a Camera, a play based on Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Stories, documenting the rise of Nazi Germany. I Am a Camera became the basis for Cabaret, which opened in 1961, ran for 1165 performances, and is, undoubtedly, still playing somewhere tonight. In 1944 van Druten wrote I Remember Mama, which subsequently became the TV show of the same name, ran from 1949 to 1957 and was,
indisputably, one of early TV’s all-time greatest hits. Bell, Book and Candle first opened on Broadway in 1950. It starred Rex Harrison and his then wife, Lilli Palmer. It was directed by van Druten himself and ran for 233 performances. In 1958 it became a hit movie starring Kim Novak and Jimmy Stewart, but it did not end there. In a somewhat subverted version, it was spun off into the TV offering Bewitched, which ran from 1964 to 1972, and can probably still be seen tonight somewhere on cable.

In retrospect one can see that John van Druten’s seemingly minor canon of
work continues to reverberate today. Given this, one may also sense that
there is a serious note lurking below the surface of this light-hearted
romantic comedy. Could John van Druten also be reminding us that true
love is too valuable, and sacred, to be gained by evil means? Enjoy!

Allan W. Osborne

 

Performed  June 18-21, 24-28, 2008

CAST

Gillian Holroyd…………………………. Amber Daughtry
Shepherd Henderson………………… John Austin
Miss Holroyd (Aunt Queenie)………. Melissa Rohan
Nicky Holroyd………………………….. Lyn J. Freymiller
Sidney Redlitch………………………… Mercer Bristow
Pyewacket……………………………… Guy Murphy