The Wilkes University Theatre opens its 2013-2014 season with a production of The Curious Savage. The show opens Thursday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, on the corner of South and River Streets in Wilkes-Barre.
The show will run Sept. 26-28 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission and Wilkes alumni, $5 for students and seniors, and free for students who show their Wilkes ID. Tickets may be purchased at the door prior to the performance, or reservations can be made by calling the Box Office at (570)-408-4540.
The Wilkes University Theatre dramatic comedy performance of the late author John Patrick’s 1950 stage production, The Curious Savage, gives the audience a real sense of hope that neglected virtues of kindness and affection have not been entirely lost in a world that seems motivated at times only by greed and dishonesty. Patrick marked the height of his fame with the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning drama The Teahouse of the August Moon.
The Curious Savage tells the story of the widowed Mrs. Savage’s struggle to keep her late husband’s fortune out of the hands of her greedy adult stepchildren. In their attempts to keep the money for themselves, they commit Mrs. Savage to a sanatorium. She persists in making sure the $10 million dollar fortune will be used for a fund to help others realize their hopes and dreams. At the sanatorium, Mrs. Savage gets to know the various social outcasts living there. Together they conspire to get rid of the greedy stepchildren.
The drama is directed by Naomi Baker, assistant professor of theatre at Wilkes. This drama stars colorful characters played by Wilkes students. They include Janel Naro as Ethel Savage, Courtney Littefield as Fairy May, Jamie Alderiso as Jeffrey, Ashley Potkulski as Florence, James Daly as Hannibal, Erin Reese as Mrs. Paddy, Margaret Roarty as Miss Willie, Cassidy Conroy as Senator Titus Savage, Olivia Cabrera as Lilly Belle, Shaun Pierre as Judge Samuel Savage, and Mandy Thomas as Dr. Emmett.
There is on-street parking available or the Henry Student Center Lot on campus will also be open. Handicapped access to the Darte Center is available from the side entrance on South Street.