The third production of the 2015-2016 season at The Stagecrafters, Sidney Howard’s lively screwball comedy, The Late Christopher Bean, will open on Friday, February 5, 2016.  The action takes place in a small town in New England around 1932, at the home of one Dr. Milton Haggett and his wife and two daughters, who some years earlier had given room and board to an unknown, penniless, and much derided painter, Christopher Bean.  How their one-time good deed unexpectedly turns into the possible money-making opportunity of a lifetime becomes the theme of this hilarious madcap satire on greed and moral frailty.  Relevant to this day The New York Times said of the 2009 revival at the ActorsTheater Company in NYC “…It’s a play  that has remained fresh and funny, proving once again that a strong script is rarely tarnished by time…”

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Sidney Coe Howard was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for They Knew What They Wanted (1924), which established his reputation as a serious writer.  In addition to his dramatic works, he created a number of screenplays, including that for Gone With the Wind, for which he won the Academy Award posthumously in 1940.  His The Late Christopher Bean (1932) was greatly successful on Broadway and in London.

Production performance dates are February 5 thru February 21:   Thurs, Fri, Sat @ 8 pm, Sun @ 2 pm.  Tickets are available at $17.00 Online (no service charge), $20.00 At-door.  (Thu. eve performances 2-for-$25 Online, 2-for-$30 At-door). Group and student rates available.  The box office opens 45 minutes before each performance.  Info: 215-247-8881.   Reservations: 215-247-9913.  The theater is located in Chestnut Hill at 8130 Germantown Ave.  Visit website for details: www.thestagecrafters.org.

In photo: Scott R. Grumling ( as Dr. Haaggett) Jenj Allegra ( as Abby)

Photo credit: Sara Stewart

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