Arthur Miller's controversial "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan" sets opening at Oldcastle Theatre Company
BENNINGTON, VT. >> In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of playwright Arthur Miller, Oldcastle Theatre Company is presenting one of his later and most controversial plays, "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan," beginning Oct. 7 and running through Oct. 23.
Performances will be Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 and Thursday and Sunday afternoons at 2.
Lyman Felt is in his 50; a poet turned insurance tycoon. Driving down Mt. Morgan in the snow, he crashes his car and is taken to an upstate hospital. Summoned to his bedside are his daughter and his two wives: Theo, the older WASP-ish woman whom he married decades earlier; and Leah, the young Jewish businesswoman who had been Lyman's lover and insisted on becoming his wife.
Oldcastle's producing artistic director, Eric Peterson, is directing the play, which last was seen in the region 20 years ago at Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Nigel Gore, who appeared in Oldcastle's production of "The Lion in Winter" last season, is returning in the role of Lyman Felt. Katrina Ferguson and Hannah Heller play his two wives.
A Shakespeare & Company veteran, Gore is recently back from China where he was acting in Tina Packer's "Women of Will." He was seen in "Sense and Sensibility" and "A Doll's House" in New York this year. He won the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actor playing George in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" in Boston. He has acted in London, Prague, and in Shakespeare Festivals throughout the United States. Gore is a native of England.
The Australian-born Ferguson has played several roles with Oldcastle including Josie in "A Moon for the Misbegotten," the premiere of John Morogiello's "Engaging Shaw," "The Beauty Queen of Leenane," David Budbill's "Judevine" and Peterson's adaptation of "A Tale of Two Cities." Recently she appeared in the U.S. premiere of "Calendar Girls" at the Ivoryton Playhouse. Ferguson has performed at National Shakespeare Company, Dorset Theatre Festival, New Jersey Rep., and the Bickford Theatre.
Heller first appeared with Oldcastle last season in "4000 Miles." She has danced with Gregory Hines and Savion Glover, clowned with Bill Irwin and acted on stage, television and in films.
Richard Howe plays Lyman's attorney. His many appearances with OTC range from musicals such as "Big River" and "Cabaret" to dramas such as "Judevine" and "The Glass Menagerie" to comedies including "Bedroom Farce" and "Almost, Maine." He designed the set this season for "The Consul, the Tramp & America's Sweetheart."
Cheryl Howard, who plays Nurse Logan, last appeared with Oldcastle in the Carleton Carpenter musical, "Northern Boulevard." She starred on Broadway in "Dance a Little Closer" and off-Broadway as "Zora." She has toured in her critically acclaimed one-woman show "The Sensational Josephine Baker."
Ana Anderson plays Lyman's adult daughter, Bessie. She was in last season's "Black Comedy" at Oldcastle and appeared in the Oldcastle Actors' Express production of "The Ugly Duckling." She has recently moved to New York City to pursue her acting career.
Complete ticket and schedule information is available online at oldcastletheatre.org or by phone at 802-447-0564.
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