by Beau Willimon
STEPHEN BELLAMY – 25, Press Secretary for Presidential Candidate Governor Morris
PAUL ZARA – late 40s, Campaign Manager for Governor Morris
MOLLY – 19, an intern on the Morris Campaign
BEN – early 20s, Deputy Press Secretary for the Morris Campaign
TOM DUFFY– late 40s-early 50s, Campaign Manager for the rival Pullman Campaign
IDA HOROWICZ – mid 30s, a traveling political reporter for the New York Times.
FRANK – a reporter for the L.A. Times. A WAITER
Note: FRANK and WAITER may be played by the same actor.
THE STORY: Stephen Bellamy is a wunderkind press secretary who has built a career that men twice his age would envy. During a tight presidential primary race, Stephen's meteoric rise falls prey to the backroom politics of more seasoned operatives. FARRAGUT NORTH is a timely story about the lust for power and the costs one will endure to achieve it.
Arsenic and Old Lace
THE STORY: We meet the charming and innocent ladies who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously "acceptable" roomers; the antics of their nephew who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt; and the activities of the other nephew—these require no further description or amplification here. ARSENIC AND OLD LACE is a must for all nonprofessionals, a ready-made comedy hit.
11 men, 3 women (of the 11 men, some are minor bit parts): 14 total
MARTHA BREWSTER - an elderly lady
ABBY BREWSTER - her elderly sister
TEDDY BREWSTER - their brother who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt
MORTIMER BREWSTER - their nephew
ELAINE HARPER - his fiance
REV. DR. HARPER - her father
OFFICER O'HARA - a raconteur
JONATHAN BREWSTER - Mortimer's murderous brother
DR. EINSTEIN - his accomplice
"An accelerating snowball of laughter, Lend Me A Tenor has the class and charm of a Kaufman and Hart comedy plus all the door-slamming hilarity of a Marx Brothers' classic likeRoom Service." - Jim Helsinger, PA Shakespeare Festival
Lend Me A Tenor is set in September 1934. Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world famous, Tito Morelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he’s dead. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Morelli's Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he's Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume ready to perform. Now two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo. A sensation on Broadway and in London's West End, this madcap, screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter. It was directed on Broadway by Jerry Zaks, and in London by David Gilmore.