TAPS new spring play

January 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Live Theater, Tybee Arts Performing Society

John Patrick’s “The Curious Savage”

A comedy written by playwright John Patrick and set in the 1950’s, The Curious Savage is a warm-hearted tale of Mrs. Ethel Savage, a slightly eccentric, extremely wealthy widow  who wants to make the best use of her late husband’s estate, despite the attempts of her greedy step children to get their hands on it. They have Mrs. Savage admitted to a sanatorium, called The Cloisters in the hopes they can take her money. Primarily a comedy, the play sets up a contrast between the inmates and the selfish stepchildren, and eventually has the viewer wondering who the crazy people really are.

Playwright John Patrick states in the plays forward: “It’s important in The Curious Savage that the gentle inmates of The Cloisters be played with warmth and dignity. Their home is not an asylum nor are these good people lunatics. Any exaggeration of the roles will rob them of charm and humor. The whole point of the play is to contrast them with Mrs. Savage’s children and the insane outside world.
To depart from this point of view for the sake of easy laughs will rob the play of its meaning.”

Cast for The Curious Savage includes Ethel P. Savage (Valerie Hartz), Titus Savage (Arney Correa), Samatha Savage (Heather Hugener), Lilly Belle (Mary Felchlin), Nurse Willie (Melissa O’Brian), Doctor Emmett (Tracy Priest), Fairy May (Sally Cameron), Florence (Janet Rutledge), Hannibal (Virgil Moore), Jeffrey (Gene Foster), Mrs. Paddy (Cissy Ward); Director – Carol Ingham, Production Manager – Doris Grieder. All cast members live on Tybee or Wilmington Island.

Rehearsals begin in mid March. Production dates are April 23rd – 24th, April 25th, April 30th, May 1st & 2nd at the Tybee Arts Center, #9 Cedarwood Avenue, Tybee Island, GA. Doors will open 1/2 hour earlier for art exhibit. Concessions will be available.

This play has been performed by many High Schools and Community Theatre groups. Check it out at Youtube.com – just type the name of play and writer in the search area.

For more information contact Director Carol Ingham at carolburdette@gmail.com or call 912-786-6652.

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One Response to “TAPS new spring play”
  1. Jean Schmidt says:

    It looks like you have pulled together quite the little following nowadays. I’m pleased to see it!

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