Light Up The Sky

The comedy revolves around a group of New York theatre-folk who attend the opening of their new play in Boston. The lead actress, the backer, and several others, are in seventh heaven at the prospect of a tremendous success which they hope for in the work of a young unknown writer. Gathered in a hotel room, these people go through their paces with tremendous gusto and many exhibitions of temperament. The opening of the play, which is a very earnest and experimental work, is such as to lead the cast, director and backer to believe it a flop. Instantly they turn against themselves, the production, the author and savagely proceed in what looks like an attempt to destroy themselves and all their former hopes. It turns out, however, that in spite of the curious reception by the first night audience, the play has made a deep impression, and when news spreads that the reviews are on the whole favorable, the tables are turned. But the playwright who has suffered both from the enthusiasm and pessimism of his associates has decided that he is through with the theater, and he is captured by the backer only at the moment he is about to take a plane back home. He is persuaded to play ball with his associates, but he is so disgusted with the temperamental shenanigans of those who were presumably his friends that he turns on them and lays down the law to them.

Cast/Characters

Miss Lowell – Ruth S. Dodds

Carlton Fitzgerald – Roy Veldboom

Frances Black – Jean Deltgen

Owen Turner – Rolland Roebuck

Stella Livingston – Jean Quicker

Peter Sloan – Larry Halverson

Sidney Black – Dick Pool

Helga – Mary Mooney

Irene Livingston – Debra L. Weiher

Tyler Rayburn – Ian A. Pfister

A Shriner – Jon A. Bauer

William H. Gallegher – Jeffrey A. Eide

A Plain-clothes Man – Carl TenPas

Production Staff

Director: Ralph Maffongelli

Designed by: Bernard J. Markevitch

Stage Manager: Deborah A. Sabol-Williams

Costume Design: Judie Jameson

Light Design: David Krueger

Master Electrician: David Krueger

Sound Design: Dick Pool

Properties: Lynne Zimmermann

Special Prop Construction: Phil Segor, Bill Hoegger, Mary Ellen Schuman

Make-Up Design: Mary Mooney

Master Carpenter: Jerry Sprosty

Paint Master: Pal Scahill

Cover Art: Roger Lahm

Production Photographer: Gene Schuttey