Lend Me A Tenor


Lend Me A Tenor

A Comedy by
Ken Ludwig

Produced by Special Arrangement with
Samuel French, Inc.
45 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10010.

Directed by
Susanna Ritti
Scenic Designer
Elaine Meder-Wilgus
Lighting Designer & Stage Manager
Donald Ishler III
Costume Designer
Stephanie Gates
Technical Director
Alfred Gehn

ABOUT THE PLAY

This first appeared in the July 1994 Boal Barn program. Lend Me A Tenor is a quintessential farce. That means everything in the plot gets out of the character’s control, although not the playwright’s. It means that timing is of the essence. It means that the characters will be pulled almost by fate into what might be a catastrophe, but since this is a farce, isn’t.
Although the initial situation in any farce is credible enough, believability soon turns into improbability, even, some would say, fantasy. Could anyone other than Tito Merelli sing Otello? In Cleveland in 1934 – probably not. The Metropolitan Opera did not perform Verdi’s opera between 1913 and 1937. Few, in any, tenors would tackle this killer-role without years of study. But farce takes place in a never-never land where anything can happen and probably will.
In farce, the original situation soon gives way to complications, coincidences, arrivals of new characters, and departures of old ones. In a good farce – and Lend Me A Tenor is a very good one – the audience can never predict what will happen next; who will suddenly appear and disappear, and how everything will be resolved by the final curtain.
Welcome to the world of Lend Me A Tenor

Richard Gidez

Performed June 8-11, and June 14-18, 2005

THE CAST
(in order of appearance)

MAX – Assistant to Saunders…………………………………………… Shaun McMurtrie
MAGGIE – Max’s Girlfriend ……………………………………………….Laura Yoder
SAUNDERS – Maggie’s father, General Manager
of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company ……………………………..Mercer Bristow
TITO MERELLI – A world famous tenor, known also to
his fans as II Stupendo …………………………………………………..Barry Hutzell
MARIA – Tito’s wife ………………………………………………………. Martha Traverse
BELLHOP – a bellhop……………………………………………………….John Austin
DIANA – a soprano………………………………………………………….Jackie Magness
JULIA – Chairman ofthe Opera Guild………………………………….. Stephanie Gates