The Dark At The Top Of The Stairs

The setting is a small Oklahoma town in the early 1920s and the home of the Flood family. Here we find Rubin, a traveling salesman for a harness firm, Cora, his sensitive and lovely wife, Sonny, their little boy and Reenie, their teenage daughter. The plot consists of a series of short stories — the fight between a husband and wife; the fear of an overly shy young girl on going to a dance; the problems of an introverted little boy who feels that the whole world is against him; the corroding marriage of Cora’s rowdy sister; and the tragedy of a military school cadet who suffers from the stigma of being a Jew in an alien community. The play’s message is that there is dark at the top of everyone’s stairs, but that it can be dissipated by understanding, tolerance and compassion.

Cast/Characters

Cora Flood – Mimi Imig

Rubin Flood – Kenneth V. Benson

Sonny Flood – Michael Hammett

Reenie Flood – Mary Moran

Flirt Conroy – Susan Schommer

Morris Lacey – Lamar Nohl

Lottie Lacey – Mary Dwyre

Sammy Goldenbaum – Dan L. Wilhelm

Punky Givens – Bernard J. Markevitch

Production Staff

Director: David C. Bryant

Designed by: Eve Stroo

Stage Manager: Michael Moody

Production Manager: Richard Conrardy, Don Zastrow

Technical Manager: Henry Weinberger Jr.

Technical Director: John Brick

Costume Mistress: Marcella Held

Master Electrician: RolandK. Lorenz

Properties: Lilly Roehl, Carole Schmitt

Make-Up Master: Arno Roehl

Co-Chairman: Robert Larson

Prompter: Bernard J. Markevitch

Master Carpenter: Chester Hurtienne

Paint Master: Eve Stroo

Cover Art: Roger Lahm