The play takes place on Labor Day weekend in the joint backyards of two middle-aged widows. The one house belongs to Flo Owens, who lives there with her two maturing daughters, Madge and Millie, and a boarder who is a spinster school teacher. The other house belongs to Helen Potts, who lives with her elderly and invalid mother. Into this female atmosphere comes a young man named Hal Carter, whose animal vitality seriously upsets the entire group. Hal is a most interesting character, a child of parents who ignored him, self-conscious of his failings and his position behind the eight ball. Flo is sensitively wary of temptations for her daughters. Madge, bored with being only a beauty, sacrifices her chances for a wealthy marriage for the excitement Hal promises. Her sister, Millie, finds her balance for the first time through the stranger’s brief attention. And the spinster is stirred to make an issue out of the dangling courtship that has brightened her life in a dreary, minor way.


Helen Potts, a neighbor – Lorraine Selinski

Hal Carter, a young vagabond – Peter Zovic

Millie Owens, a sixteen year old girl – Lisa Ann Baack

Bomber, the paper boy – Tim Baack

Madge Owens, a beautiful girl – Cindy Kneevers-Christ

Flo Owens, mother of the girls – Jean Deltgen

Rosemary Sydney, a school teacher – Pat Forkner

Alan Seymour, boyfriend of Madge – Thomas Lane

Irma Kronkite, a school teacher – Billie Bradley

Christine Schoenwalder, a school teacher – Ellen Luebke

Howard Bevans, friend of Miss Sydney – Myron Ravinovitz

Production Staff

Director: Robert R. Dippel

Designed by: Bernard J. Markevitch

Stage Manager: Billie Bradley

Dance Sequence Choreographed by: Joy Dulmes

Costume Design: Pat VonRautenkranz

Light Design: Marty Peck

Sound Design: Dick Pool

Properties: Rosemary Tellen

Make-Up Design: Mary Braun, Mary Keen, Diane Peterman

Master Carpenter: William Beniger

Paint Master: Kathleen Anderson, Pal Scahill

Cover Art: Roger Lahm