The Absence Of A Cello

As Martin Gottfried describes: “It is about a physicist who needs money so badly he turns to the $60,000-a-year job offered by a big corporation. He wants the job, but does the company want him? Mr. Personnel is sent to find out. What seems to be starting out as a shopworn target—individuality versus conformity—turns out to be an ingeniously conceived comical discussion of honesty and truth. After being coached by a gray-flanneled collegiate on how to be what every company wants, the scientist is prepared to confront the enemy (after quickly trading in his rolled-up trousers and flapping shirt for a neat brown suit)…He hides the cello he plays with pick-up quartets, he hides the medieval history books his wife writes, he hides all but the acceptable three liquor bottles. He hides, in fact, everything that he and his wife are. And hauls out the television set…What follows is a literately comical playaround with industrial conformity that for sheer humor is, well, wonderfully adult.”

Cast/Characters

Celia Pilgrim – Bernice T. Staples

Andrew Pilgrim – Michael L. Richdorf

Marian Jellicoe – Marianne Ries

Joanna Pilgrim – Barbara Haas

Emma Littlewood – Ethel Burgard

Perry Littlewood – Richard Ongna

Otis Clifton – James D. Michael

Production Staff

Director: David C. Bryant

Set Design: Bernard J. Markevitch

Stage Manager: Peter Moody

Production Manager: Don Zastrow

Technical Manager: Henry Weinberger Jr.

Technical Director: John Brick

Costume Mistress: Marcella Held, Ruth Whinfield

Master Electrician: Roland K.Lorenz

Properties: Lilly Roehl, Carole Schmitt

Make-Up Master: Arno Roehl

Master Carpenter: Chester Hurtienne

Paint Master: Bernard J. Markevitch

Prompter: Elaine Jerving

Cover Art: Roger Lahm