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Keynote Of Michigan Repertory

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'Hay Fever' To
Open Repertory
PlaysJune 23
To Stage Eight Comedies;
Present Productions By
World-Fainous Authors
Comedy is the keynote of the com-
ing summer season of the Michigan
Repertory Players. This season,
which for five years has operated in
copjunction with the University
Summer Session, will stage nine
plays-eight varying types of com-
edies and one serious play-in Lydia
Mendelssohn Theatre. The opening
date of the season is June 23, and it
will run during the course of the
summer session.
"Hay Fever," the popular Farce by
Noel Coward, will open the season
Friday night, June 23. Produced by
Play Production during the year, the
play was such an uproarious success
with Ann Arbor audiences that it was
decided to present the identical cast
for a revival Friday and Saturd&y
nights of the opening week.
The second play of the season
comes from the pen of the popular
Hungarian playwright, Franz Mol-
nar. "The Play's The Thing," the last
starring vehicle of the late Holbrook
Blinn, is the chosen play. The play
opens June 26 and 27, and thereafter
will alternate with "Hay Fever" for
the balance of the week.
Beginning Wednesday, Juy 2, "The
Romantic Young Lady," the third
play of the season, will be presented
each evening through Saturday night
-a schedule which will be followed
for the remaihder of the summer.
"Belinda," the fourth ,play, is a
somewhat satirical comment on the
romantic-minded. The chief charac-
ter was done by Ethel Barrymore
when first presented in this country.
The next week will find on the
Mendelssohn stage one of the most
successful plays in Max Rinehardt's
repertoire, "The Servant of Two Mas-
ters," the pride of the German pro,-
ducing genius who was recently ex-
pelled from the German State The-
atrie by Adolf Hitler, is a "commedia
del'arte" play by Carlo Goldoni, the
father of Italian comedy. The staging
will be in a manner highlystylized,
with comic' scenery and exaggerated,
Somerset Maugham's well-known
problem comedy, "The Circle," is the
sixth play on therschedule. Maugham
is one of 'the' foremost literary lions
of our day-playwright, novelist,
critic, he has kept his work before
the public eye for well over 25 years.
SThe next week's play will be defi-

Plat Season Tickets
For All Plays Givn
Season tickets will be sold by
the Michigan Repertory Players
for their forthcoming summer sea-
son of outstanding plays. These
tickets will be issued in the form
of coupon books of nine coupons
for the nine shows and will be
priced at $2.75, $3.00 and $3.50.
Each coupon is exchangable for a
reserved seat for any performance
of the season.
The advantages of the coupon
system lie in the feature that it
adapts itself to everyone's conven-
ience. Individuals who wish may
make reservations for all nine
plays at the beginning of the sea-
scn; while the individual who
wishes to decide from week to
week what performance he desires
to attend, may wait until a few
days before the performance to
reserve his seat.
Under the coupon book system
the prices for the current season
will be thelowest in Ann Arbor
theatrical history. A ticket to the
best locations in the theatre may
be had at an average cost of less
than 40 cents for each play; while
balcony tickets will average 30c
for each play. Coupon books may
be secured at Wahr's bookstore.
nitely a contribution to stage history.
T. W. Stevens, who will product that
week, has chosen a "new" play by
William Shakespeare for production.
The play, "All's Well That Ends
Well," has been produced only two
recorded occasions in America. The
bedroom implications are said to be
directly responsible for the rarity of
"A Kiss For Cinderella," James
Mathew Barrie's whimsical comedy,
will be the eighth and gala produc-
tion of the players' summer season.
After eight comedies, the players
will produce Euripedes' famous lyri-
cal drama, "The Trojan Women."
Wide commendation was afforded T.
W. Stevens' classroom production of
it during last year's summer session.

Franz Molnar
Noel Coward's
Plays Realistic

Announce Staff
For Repertory
Summer Plays

Co-Director Of Plays

BY DAVID MOTT T. W. Stevens And V. B.
Both "Hay Fever," the clever bur-
lesque by Noel Cowara, and "'The Windt Z1()Be Directors;
Play's The Thing," the unhanding Students Are Included
satire by the Hungarian, Franz Mol-
nar, were written upon direct in- . The production staff for the Mich-
spiration from events in the authors' igan Repertory Players is headed by
lives. Coward went away to the coun- Valentine B. Windt, director of Play
try for a week-end rest, Molnar went Production at the University, and
to Budapest to direct an all-star pro- Thomas Wood Stevens, at present
duction, and out of Coward's week- of the Artists' Guild Theatre in St.
end visit and Molnar's all-star cast Louis, as visiting director.
came the ideas for two of the clever- Mr. Windt's work is well known
est comedies written in the past ten i;to the campus. He has been con
years. 'nected with Play Production at the
Molnai has always, first and fore- University for the past five years,
most, by his own confession, been a and was founder five summers ago of
playwright. And being an extremely the Michigan Repertory Players.
good playwright, who made lots of Mr. Stevens is a nationally-known
money, there was no reason under author, producer, and director. He
the sun why he should want to stab has been with the players for the
(Continued on Page 7) past two seasons. Last summer his
work was in the productions of
."Paolo and Francesca," "The Chalk
Players Grain Mor. Circle," and "Around the World in
80 Days." Mr. Stevens was founder
Recognition Yearly of the drama school at the Carnegie
Institute of Technology, and first
Recognition of the Michigan Rep- director of the Goodman Theatre in
ertory Players as an outstanding Chicago.
theatre organization has come about As business manager for the play-
through a number of years of un- ers is Carl G. Brandt, of the speech
usual dramatic activity, Five years department, who has served in the
ago, the Players came into being as capacity for the past two seasons.
a dramatic company in conjunction He is to be assisted by Lauren Gil-
with the courses in drama given at bert, Grad., and Frances K. John-
the University of Michigan Summer son, '33.
Session. As assistant to Mr. Windt and Mr.
Msin.ngttStevens, Russell McCracken works in
Maintaining its technical and act- the technical division of production.
ing strength entirely from students, Fred Rebman has been appointed
the players form a very lively sup- as Technician for the players. Jack
plement to the classroom study of asTchnicanfothelayer._Jac
drama and production. The serious
attitude taken toward the drama,
and the connection with academic
study of the literature and practice R' .
of the theatre, has brought each
summer. new people from all parts
(Continued on Page 7) ___


Thomas Wood Stevens, of the Art-
ists' Guild Theatre in St. Louis, who,
with Valentine B. Windt, head of
Play Production at the University,
will direct the summer program of
plays given by the Michigan Reper-
tory Players.
B. Nestle, '33, one of Play Produc-
duction's outstanding actors for the
present year, is stage manager. Aren
Parker, '34, is scenic artist.
Martha Ellen Scott, '32, will return
to the campus this. summer and be
in charge of properties on the tech-
nical staff.
The costume and make-up end of
production will be handled by James
V. Doll, '34, who has been a student
in Play Production during the past
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