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Performing Fred Newman 2013: A Tribute Marathon of Plays

Saturday, June 29, 2013

(and a special pre-marathon opening night on Friday June 28th at 7 PM! See below for details)

Join a 12-hour performance celebration of the life and theatre work of Fred Newman. Newman, who passed away in July 2011, was the Castillo Theatre's artistic director for 16 years. Professional actors and directors will share the stage with community members, as many of Newman's 44 politically-engaged plays will be read. Potluck snacks will keep the actors and audience well-fed.

The marathon is FREE, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.



Friday, June 28 

7:00 p.m.     Pre-marathon opening performance 

Newman’s Women, a new play by Jacqueline Salit, featuring characters from Fred Newman plays

Saturday, June 29


9:30 a.m.
The Annual Waffle Welcome
Prepared by John Rankin III, Waffle Chef 

10:10 a.m.
Satchel — A Requiem for Racism
Directed by Michael Alcide

Charles Ives – Sidiki Fofana
Satchel Paige – James Gilliard
Dorothy Allen/Dorothy/Dottie – Andrea Harrison
Mr. Josh/Reporter(s) – Jamil Mangan
Miss Barbara – Sita Sarkar
Miss Lorraine – Tanya Everett
Bowie Kuhn – Dan Friedman
Stage directions/Jimmy Cannon – Yvonne Lee
Professor Gordon – Omar Clyburn

11:00 a.m.
Salvador (Fictional Conversations)
Directed by Marian Rich

Salvador – Craig Bannister
Nancy Peck – Gail Peck
Paul Simon – David Nackman
William Kunstler – Harry Kresky

Offstage voices:
Executioner/Radio announcer/Judge Hoffman/Bailiff/Harry Kresky – Bernard Tarver
Nancy's Mother -- Marian Rich
Inmate A – Vinceht GChanglerth
Inmate B – Aaron Hanson
Narrator/Inmate C – John Rankin, III
Newscasters – Lindsay Arber

12:30 p.m.
Directed by Craig Pattison...   This is your chance to be a reader/performer in the marathon!

1:50 p.m.
The Book of Comedy
Improv comedy featuring the Proverbial Loons and Friends

Directed by David Nackman and Marian Rich
Featuring Allen Cox, Olivia Hartle, Ellen Korner, David Nackman, Andy Parker, John Rankin, III, Marian Rich, Cathy Rose Salit 

2:30 p.m.
Lenin’s Breakdown
Directed by Vicky Wallace and featuring Talented Volunteers and Castillo Members

Psychiatrist - Liam Riordan
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin - David Woodrow
Detroit - Tom Williams
Elizabeth K - Starshima Trent
"Red" Emma Goldman - Caren Crawford
Leon Trotsky – Andy Parker
Edie - Alzie Rejouis
Stage directions – Diane Smith

3:45 p.m.
Sing-along featuring the music of Fred Newman
Led by Cathy Rose Salit with accompaniment by Michael Walsh
Featured singers: Ava Jenkins, Ellen Korner, Gabrielle L. Kurlander, Pamela A. Lewis, Cathy Rose Salit

4:20 p.m.
Outing Wittgenstein
Directed by Mary Fridley and featuring members of the Developmental Philosophy Group of the East Side Institute

Herman – David Belmont
Daisy Fields – Bonny Gildin
Stan – Kim Svoboda
Ollie – Joan DeCollibus
Sally McNally/Gretl – Cathy Rose Salit
Ludwig Wittgenstein/Wittgenstein of Earth – Doug Balder
Mrs. Bevan – Nancy Hanks
Gay Alter Ego/Wittgenstein of Wittgenstein - Gwen Mandell
Adolf Hitler – Carrie Sackett
Bertrand Russell – Susan Massad
Carmen Miranda – Carrie Lobman
Mr. Miranda – Baylah Wolfe
Gailie Gailie – Shatzi Weisberger
Alan Silver – Jan Wootten
Eddie Thomas – J. B. Opdycke
Carol Siver – Gwen Lowenheim
Diane Wright – Jessie Fields

6:05 p.m.
Sessions With Jesus (The Story of Greatness, Ever Told)
Directed by Moshe Yassur with an almost-original cast

Pastor - Kenneth Hughes
Mrs. Mary Mother -  JoAnne P. Sullivan
Jesus Christ - John Rankin, III
Dr. Condoleeza Rice - Christine Tracy-Garrison
Mary Magdalene - Madelyn Chapman

7:05 p.m.
What’s Biology Got to Do With It?
Written by Dan Friedman and Fred Newman
Directed by Dan Friedman

Doris – Suzanne Darrell
Marian – Olivia Hartle


7:20 p.m.
Beyond the Pale / The Myth of Psychology
(originally presented at the annual meetings of the American Psychological Association)
Directed by Gabrielle L. Kurlander  

Ludwig Wittgenstein – Gabrielle L. Kurlander
Lev Vygotsky - Ava Jenkins
Bette Braun - J. B. Opdycke

8:00 p.m.
Off Broadway Melodies of 1592 (The 400th Anniversary of the Centennial Celebration of Columbus’ So-called Discovery of America)
Directed by Peter J. Cook
Accompaniment by Michael Walsh

Sir Malcolm Muckerex – Allen Cox
Lady Lady Ethylethyl/Methyl Merman/Harpa Columbus/The Pinta – Marian Rich
Sir Hangemhigh/Page 6 - Kenneth Hughes
Dr. Little Ladybug/Ethyl Merman/Singer – Cathy Rose Salit
Nick Nack/Springsteen/Christo Marx – David Nackman
Dr. Strait Gayggle/Emmy Strait – Sheryl Williams
Henri Deshorse/Rene Descartes – Roger Grunwald
Professor Bolsh Red/The Santa Maria – Mary Fridley
Sister Sadie/Singer/The Nina – Ava Jenkins
LadyLady Merman Merman/Bethyl Merman – Ellen Korner
Dr. Nebraska Kansas/Singer/Pam – Pamela A. Lewis
Shultzie Dutch/Kate – Kate Henselmans
Professor Zeppo Chico/Chico Columbus – Craig Pattison