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The Magnificent Ambersons
Adapted by Stephen Oles
Directed by Daniel Tarker
THE AMERICAN DOWNTON ABBEY
Booth Tarkington's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS tells the story of two families, one rising, one falling, at the turn of the last century when industrialization and the first automobiles were changing everything in American life.
This first-ever stage adaptation delves more deeply than Orson Welles's famous film version into the social and economic convulsions of the period and the environmental damage caused by the new cars and factories -- something Tarkington was one of the first to recognize.
The story couldn't be more timely, since we -- like the Ambersons, and like the family in DOWNTON ABBEY -- live in an era when new technology and accelerating social change threaten to bring down the old order and revolutionize the ways we live, work, and think.
George Amberson Minafer – Daniel Brockley
Isabel Amberson Minafer- Erin Byrn Fetridge
Wilber Minafer – Rich Hawkins
Lucy Morgan: Sarah Milici
Aunt Fanny Manafer – Christine Shaw White
Eugene Morgan - Lyam White
Uncle Jack Amberson – Joe Zavadil
Woman One – Susie Ross
Woman Two – Catherine Kettrick
Woman Three – Betty Garde
STEPHEN OLES has an MFA in dramatic writing from USC, where he studied with Jerome Lawrence (INHERIT THE WIND, MAME), John Rechy (CITY OF NIGHT), and Robert Pirosh (BATTLEGROUND). Edward Albee read and advised him on his early plays. He's a graduate of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop (Los Angeles) and was a writer member of Theatre West, which produced his controversial dark comedy BRENDA: PORTRAIT OF A TEENAGE ANOREXIC in the nineties. He's been active in, and served on the steering committee of, the Academy for New Musical Theatre, Los Angeles. His musical SHAHRAZAD has been seen in Los Angeles, Long Beach, and London. Now a member of the Seattle Playwrights Collective, over the past 18 months, his plays have been presented in Seattle in five readings and two productions, most recently MATING GAMES at Annex Theatre. He's been invited twice to participate in MEDICINE BALL: PLAYWRIGHTS VS POETS. Steve has acted professionally since he appeared at age 14 in THE MATCHMAKER at the Seattle Repertory Theatre . He was an inner-city schoolteacher and social worker in Los Angeles for over a decade, has worked as a professional singer, and is a soloist with the Seattle Men's Chorus.