Behind the Stage Door of the Hampton Playhouse - 10th Season 1958
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CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF was a memorable production featuring Dolores Quinton as Maggie the Cat; Tom Wilson as Brick; Dick Kennedy in a blustering performance as Big Daddy; Maggie Owens as Big Mama; and Rowena Burack as Sister Woman.
Records for the 1958 10th season are a bit sparse but did include two very fine productions; NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS and TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON.
Included in the casts was David Doyle (later a featured performer on TV's CHARLIE'S ANGELS), and Freddie Hoskins, a wonderful actor/stage manager who tended to 'tipple a bit too much' at times but never (or seldom) missed a cue or gave a sloppy performance ... he was the love of the company for many seasons. Locals on the staff and in the company included Sally Cooke, Lynne Batchelder, Chris Drew, Marian Hannenian, Sheila Bortone, Francine Smerka and Beryl Goldberg. Betty and Carl Bock, owners of the theatre, made cameo appearances this season in TEAHOUSE of the AUGUST MOON.
Dick Kennedy remembers ... "My first season at the Hampton Playhouse was during the summer of 1958. I shall cherish the memories of that season for the rest of my life. We all worked hard, but we also had a lot of fun along the way. To me, it was a perfect summer. ... I was blessed with good roles in all of [the shows this season]. ... The faces of many people who have become dear to me over the years are permanently stomped in my recollections. First of all, there is Tom Wilson who remains one of my closest friends to this day. Sarah Christie, Al's mother, poured her love into the theatre. Nock Vari, John's father (and all of the Varis) was a joy to be around. He was a man who loved life. ... the very supportive Hamptonites I shall remember always are: Chester Grady, the McDormands, Foster Greene, Hal Pearson, and Norman Doucette -- my daughter Kathleen's Godfather."
Tom Wilson remembers ... "The incident ... happened on opening night of DIARY OF ANNE FRANK ... The play had been on about ten or fifteen minutes when some woman in the audience (near the back of the theatre) jumped up and started running down the aisle and screaming. She was yelling 'Anne Frank is my daughter! I have been searching for!' She then tried to climb upon the stage but at this point Security arrived and they had to more or less drag her out of the theatre, She was still screaming ... I was not on stage at the time -- thank goodness -- and all the other actors were in shock. They pulled themselves together and resumed the show to no further trouble."