Democracy and Esther

Playwright: Romulus Linney

Director: Herbert Berghof

Cast: Mason Adams, Lily Lodge, Richard Duschinsky, William Prince, Inga Swenson, Ben Piazza, George Grizzard, Leigh Burch, Hurd Hatfield, Uta Hagen, Fritz Weaver, Geraldine Fitzgerald and Tony Weaver

Designer: Jennifer Tipton Production Manager: Marlene Mancini Lighting Assistant: Antonio Canal House Manager: Ann Dallwitz Poster Designer: Ann Raychel Production Assistant: James Hurley and John Santaromite

Democracy and Esther was performed December of the year 1969.


Democracy is an adaptation of two Henry Adams novels, Democracy and Esther and the diaries of General Ulysses S. Grant.  The play premiered in 1974 at the Virginia Museum Theatre in Richmond, Virginia.  Theatre scholar James Seymour commented “Esther’s story focuses mainly on religion, while Madeline’s dilemma centers on the responsibilities of the state.  The common denominator is the remarkable independence and spirit of these two strong women.”  While the play focuses on the two women and their journeys, Linney wrote that “this play is about the childhood of democracy: it’s about youth; it looks at what was wrong with democracy when it was young.”

The Good Catholic

Playwright: Eric Bentley

Director: Eric Bentley

Cast: Jean Baker, Edward Horton, Herbert Berghof, Will Lee, James Broderick, Stephen Levi, James Cahill, Patrick McVey, Frederick Corke, Edward Morehouse, Howard Dewitt, Jess Osuna, Richard Frey, William Packard, Edward Garrabrandt, Rik Pierce, Franc Geraci and Brandwell Teuscher

Lighting: Patrika Brown Production Manager: Marlene Mancini Music Selected and Played by: Jon Cole Production Assistants: Fred Bauer, Antonio Canal, Pennie duPont, Richard Frey, Yvette McNally and Andre Sedriks

The Good Catholic was performed September 20th – 22nd of the year 1968.



A Roof Over Your Head

Playwright: Carol Roper

Director: Herbert Berghof

Cast: Franc Geraci, Tom McCready, Susan Babel, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Richard McConnell, Austin Pendleton, Nancy Donohue and Avis McCarther

Assistant Director: Franc Geraci Set Designer: Philip Lerman Lighting Designer: Shirley Prendergast Costumes: Whitney Blausen Production Manager: Marlene Mancini Stage Manager: Edward Horton Understudy: Lotte Gunthardt Production Assistants: John Boylan, Tibor Feldman, David Friedlander, Jennifer Kenney, Tom Krauss, Sarina Meones, Steve Mones, J. Oliver Sax, Eloise Schramm, Peter Silver, Cookie Zelewinski Assistant Stage Managers: Fran Gerardi, Ray Xifo Lighting Technicians: Richard Arroyo and Ann Dallwitz

A Rood Over Your Head was performed June 23rd – July 12th of the year 1969.



The Last Island

Playwright: Eugene Raskin

Director: Oliver Berg

Cast: Tom Scott, Bob Crest, Margaret Ritchie, Peter Ban, Joan Matthiessen and Rudolf Weiss

Set Designer: Ed Maher Lighting Designer: Tony Quintavalla Choreographer: Noel Schwartz

The Last Island was performed May 8th – 17th of the year 1969.



Toscanini and Picasso

Playwright: Calder Willingham

Director: Calder Willingham

Cast: Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson

Sets and Costumes: Lester Polakov Lighting: Tony Quintavalla Production Manager: William Donnell Stage Manager: Tom Willingham House Manager: Donald Levin Production Assistant: Carol Dudek, Frank Geraci and Brandwell Teuscher Production Assistant and Assistant to Mr. Wallach and Ms. Jackson: Marlene Mancini

Toscanini and Picasso was performed April 21st – 30th of the year 1969.



Caddy and Clara

Playwright: William D. Roberts

Director: William D. Roberts

Cast: Joan Matthiessen, John Dobbs, Donald Levin, Diogenes Grassal, Nancy Donohue, Charles Cilona, John O’Brien, Edward Morehouse, Arabella Colton, Franc Geraci, Patricia Guinan and Ron Vaad

Set Designer: Donald Green Lighting Designer: Tony Quintavalla Production Manager: John O’Brien House Manager: Bill Donnell

Caddy and Clara was performed March 7th – 15th of the year 1969.



Love and War

Playwright: Romulus Linney

Director: Herbert Berghof (WHO IS BURIED IN GRANT’S TOMB?), Romulus Linney (CARNAL KNOWLEDGE)

Cast: Patrick McVey, Rik Pierce, Elinor Ellsworth, Richard Frey, Tonice Gwathney, Carol Pearce, Andre Serdriks, Jill Williams, Oliver Berg, Margaret Ritchie, Mason Adams 

Set and Lighting Designer: Jennifer Tipton Costume Designer: Whitney Blausen Production Manager: Marlene Mancini Stage Managers: Marlene Mancini Assistant Stage Manager: Jerry Iaia  Assistant to the Designer: Alicia Alwyn and Peter Zsiba Lighting Technicians: Antonio Canal and John Santaromita Production Assistants: Joanne Bayes, Michael Corder, Frank Croccitto, Richard Frey, Guadalupe, Phil Lerman, Tom MacCready, Jeffrey Mergardt and Andre Sedriks House Manager: Ann Dallwitz

Love and War was performed November 21st – 30th of the year 1968.



Sandra and the Janitor

Playwright: William Packard

Director: Oliver Berg

Cast: Kenneth Bridges and Lambrini Demetriadou

Set Designer: Philip Lerman Lighting: Patrika Brown Stage Manager: Harry Seymour Production Assistants: Antonio Canal, Frank Crocitto and Richard Frey Lighting Assistant: John Santaromita

Sandra and the Janitor was performed October 11th – 20th of the year 1968.



The Second Shepherd’s Play

Playwright: John Gassner

Director: Marlene Mancini

Cast: Program #1 Mathilda DeDios, Ruomi Lee Hampel, Liz Newman, Matthew Tischler, Eva DePaola, Aurora Kaschner, Cirkl Piper, Monique Ellis, Rachel Kavish, Sara Rice, Heather Haggerty, Jamie Marsh, Jasmine Savio, Daniel B. Wooten JR Program #2 Alexa Angel, Vanessa Flores, Tara La Dore, Jethro Redstone, May Talman, Antonia Cucciara, Yvonnne Flores, Abby Lester, Ghana Smith, Matthew Tishcler, Mathilda Dedios, Sasha Graff, Shelly McCoy, Christopher Sturge, Dana Wright, Judy Zimbler, Monique Ellis, Sarah Krupnick, Makesha Oucre, Maude Sutherland and Jason Zimbler

Program #1 Director: Marlene Mancini Set & Costumes: Kathe Berl Lighting: Rick Butler Technical Director: Steven Cook Musical Director:Hope Albrecht Original Music:Carol Hall Stage Manager: Ann Day Production Electricians: Anton Graham, Kenji Larsen Program#2 Director: Marlene Mancini Set and Costumes: Kathe Berl Lighting: Rick Butler Musical Director: Michelle Grace Assistant Musical Director: Hope Albrecht Costume Assistant: Lydia Hamza Original Music: Carol Hall Production Manager: Brad Waller Technical Director: Steven Cook Stage Manager: Ann Day

The Second Shepherd’s Play was performed December 19th – 30th of the year 1968.


The play’s first speaker is Coll, who begins his soliloquy complaining of the cold weather. He is “ill happed” (badly covered) no matter the weather, since whether “in storms and tempest” he must still tend to his flock. He also complains about his poverty, which he blames on the rich landowners, “these gentlery-men,” who keep him “so hammed, / Fortaxed, and rammed” (hamstrung or confined, overtaxed, and beaten down) that he cannot escape poverty. Coll continues his list of complaints, which he then directs to the rich landowner’s overseer, who interferes with the work on the farm. Coll uses the word “husbands” at line 33, not to mean a spouse, but in the archaic use of the word, as one who takes care of the land. Coll does not own the land on which he shepherds the sheep, and he feels himself oppressed by the wealthy. He is brought near to “miscarry” or ruin and thus will never be in a position to work his own land. Coll continues to lament his lack of power and that he dare not complain to anyone about how he is treated, since the landowner’s servant has too much power. Coll concludes his soliloquy with the more cheerful expectation that he will soon meet with other shepherds who also share his lonely life.

Gib soon enters the stage. He does not initially see Coll and begins to grumble about the terrible weather. It is so cold and the wind so fierce that his eyes water from the misery. Between the snow and sleet, his shoes have frozen to his feet, and he laments that life “is not all easy.” Gib also whines that his wife nags him. According to Gib, “she cackles” and thus “Woe is him” since “he is in the shackles,” imprisoned in marriage. The rest of Gib’s soliloquy continues to articulate his argument that men would be better off forgoing marriage. Men have no will after marriage, says Gib, because their wives control them, whether “in bower nor in bed.” Gil has learned his lesson about marrying, but he does note that some men marry a second time, some even a third time. At this point, Gil offers a warning and tells young men that there is little point in later saying, “Had I wist” (wished), since that serves no purpose. It is best for young men to “be well ware of wedding.” Gil describes his wife as one who has brows like a pig’s bristle and a bitter look on her face. She also has a loud voice and is as “great as a whale.” Had he known that she has so much “gall” he would have run until “I lost her” before marrying. At this point in Gib’s complaining, Coll finally speaks up and asks that God watch over the audience, who have had to endure Gib’s increasingly vicious harangue about his wife and marriage, in general. When Gib realizes that he is not alone he asks if Coll has seen the third shepherd, Daw.

Daw enters and does not see Coll and Gib. Like the others, he begins his soliloquy with a complaint about the miserable weather. The rain and wind is so fierce that Daw compares it to Noah’s flood. Daw, though, has faith that God will “turn all to good!” The floods afflict everyone, those in town and those who watch over the sheep and cattle in the fields. The weather creates equality among all men. When Daw greets Coll and Gib they tell him that they have already eaten and since he is late, he has missed the evening meal. His reply is that he will work as little as he is paid. This section of the play ends with Coll, Gib, and Daw singing together to cheer themselves.