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The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

by Paul Zindel

October 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 1993

Plank Road School

Frowzy, acid-tongued, supporting herself and her two daughters by taking in a decrepit old boarder, Beatrice Hunsdorfer wreaks a petty vengeance on everybody around her. One daughter, Ruth, is a pretty but highly strung girl subject to convulsions; while the younger daughter, Matilda, plain and almost pathologically shy, has an intuitive gift for science. Encouraged by her teacher, Tillie undertakes a gamma ray experiment with marigolds that wins a prize at her high school—and also brings on the shattering climax of the play. Proud and yet jealous, too filled with her own hurts to accept her daughter's success, Beatrice can only maim when she needs to love and deride when she wants to praise. Tortured, acerbic, slatternly, she is as much a victim of her own nature as of the cruel lot that has been hers. And yet, as Tillie's experiment proves, something beautiful and full of promise can emerge from even the most barren, afflicted soil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Production Staff

Producer

Mike Adamski

Director

Mary Hubbard Nugent

Set Designer

Jeremy Carter

Jill Hubbard Nugent

Michael Mercado

Lighting Designer

Mary Jo Resop

Sound Designer

Jeff Kaplin

Props

Chuck Jaskolka

 

Set Construction

Mike Adamski

Mary Jo Resop

Athena Sinclair

Lighting Crew

Paul Sheehan

Costume Designer

Mary Breitrick

Graphic Designer

Mary Giuffre

Program

Mary Giuffre

 

Cast

Beatrice Janine Hunter  
Tillie Nelle Rohlich  
Ruth Lucia costanzo  
 
Nanny Mary Breitrick  
Janice Kim Degenhardt  

 

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