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Starlight Community Theater presenting ‘The Curious Savage’

Staff~ 3/2/2015

PHOENIX – Starlight Community Theater’s latest productions opens Friday, March 6. Shows will run March 6-15. 

“The Curious Savage” is a humorous drama featuring Pat Drapac as Mrs. Savage, along with a talented cast and crew, including some past prestigious ariZoni award and National Youth Arts nominees and recipients: Director Barbara Surloff, Chris Martinez as Dr. Emmett, and Scott Sims as Jeff, Becky Bell as Mrs. Paddy, Thomas Graca as Hannibal, Edmund Worden as Titus, and Jenna Spets as Lily Belle.  Also in the cast are Cassie Ellis as Florence, Abigail Marshall as Fairy May, Paula Frank as Miss Willie, Eric Olsen as Samuel, and Colin Martinez as John Thomas. Thomas Frank is Swing, Janette Wyatt is Co-Director, Stage Manager is Will Rippenkroeger, and Producer is Nena Rippenkroeger.

‘The Curious Savage’ is described as a feel-good play filled with heart in its contrasts of avarice with generosity. Ethel Savage, a new widow, has been left with a substantial fortune for which her three grown children – a senator, a judge, and a gold-digger of a daughter, are intent on keeping her from disposing any way she chooses.  So they conspire to have her committed to a private sanatorium known as ‘The Cloisters.’ There, Ethel is left to work out how she will deal with her spiteful offspring, while getting to know five colorful characters who are long-term patients in the same facility – Hannibal, who plays the violin with force and gusto and a total lack of talent; Jeffrey, whose imaginary facial scars have disfigured his mind, not his body; Florence, who is convinced her dead little boy is still alive; Fairy May, a remarkably plain girl with romantic fantasies; and Mrs. Paddy, who paints, but has little to say beyond her list of hates. Despite the revelations about these “guests’” past lives, they are charming and use a rather whimsical logic to keep a hurtful world outside. Eventually, they all appear saner than those outside the walls of the institution.

For advance purchase tickets, go to www.StarlightCommunityTheater.com. Performances will be held at the Starlight theater, 1611 W Whispering Wind Dr #160, in Phoenix.

Performance Dates & Times:
7 pm Friday, March 6
2 pm Saturday, March 7
7 pm Saturday, March 7
2 pm Sunday, March 8
7 pm Friday, March 13
2 pm Saturday, March 14
7 pm Saturday, March 14
2 pm Sunday, March 15