Iowa City — Dreamwell Theatre's second show in their "Here I Stand" season is John Patrick's The Curious Savage, which opens Friday, November 11.
The Curious Savage is about a recently widowed woman, Ethel Savage, whose step children don’t want her to use her inheritance for good works, so they commit her to an institution. Ethel becomes close to the unique individuals in the institution, who might just be more sane than her own step children. The Curious Savage, which Dreamwell has updated to current times, is a comedy with a lovely message about the human spirit and choosing one’s identity. It is directed by Iowa City theatre veteran Gerry Roe.
Dreamwell founder Matthew Falduto says, "Curious Savage resonates today just as strongly as it did when it was first produced. We all know that person who is a little odd, a little eccentric and despite the pressures to conform, stands up and says "This is who I am. Accept me." And we love them for it."
The theme "Here I Stand" is taken from the quote "Here I stand, I can do no other." by Martin Luther. Each of the season’s offerings features characters who choose to be who they are, despite the consequences. This season Dreamwell celebrate the strength of character we can all achieve.
The show runs November 11, 12, 18, 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Society, 10 S. Gilbert St. Iowa City. $13 general admission, $10 senior/student. There will be a discount for veterans on Nov. 11 and 12. Call 319-541-0140 or go here for reservations.
Fairy Mae – Elisabeth Ross
Jeff – Ben Singer
Hannibal – Monty
Mrs. Paddy – Meg Dobbs
Florence – Theresa Meeks-Mosley
Miss Willie – Roxy Running
Dr. Emmett – Mark Nidey
Lily Belle – Traci Gardner
Titus – John Crosheck
Samuel – Steve Polchert
Ethel – Linda Merritt