St. George’s Episcopal Church is presenting “ The Curious Savage”, a comedy by John Patrick on Saturday, October 21 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 22 at 3 p.m. at the church located at 105 Grand Street, Newburgh.
The production is directed by Br. Josep R. Martinez-Cubero, OHC. He is a Benedictine monk in the Order of the Holy Cross, an international Anglican (Episcopal) monastic order. Before entering the Order, Br. Josep had an extensive background in theatre. He founded the Pied Piper Children’s Theatre in 1999 and its adult wing, Delphi Theatre in 2003 in New York City. During his fifteen years as Executive and Artistic Director of PPCT/Delphi he produced, stage directed and/or music directed over 130 plays, musicals, and operas and taught acting scene study, musical theatre repertoire, and team building workshops.
The cast teamed up in this fanciful, entertaining comedy and consists of Mary Barber, Leetha Berchielli, James Darrigo, Br. John Forbid, OHC, Jim Meaney, Emma Charis Pedrosa, Hannah Pedrosa, Christian Scott, Frederick Simoni, Margaret Sipple, Peter Sipple, and Simone Tyler. The assistant director is Tanya Rice-Thompson.
The play is about Ethel P. Savage, an elderly woman whose husband left her ten million dollars. With that money she wishes to establish a memorial fund honoring her husband by making the dreams of “average” people come true. She also pursues an acting career, a long forgotten dream of her own. All this becomes a nightmare for her three grown stepchildren who believe the “eccentric” behavior threatens their inheritance. Calling into question Mrs. Savage’s sanity, they try to have her committed to a sanitorium. Playwright Patrick questions the conventional definition of sanity while lampooning celebrity culture. The dominant mood of “The Curious Savage” is high comedy and the audience is left with a feeling that the virtues of kindness and affection have not been entirely lost in a world that seems so often motivated by greed and dishonesty.
General admission tickets for this fanciful and entertaining comedy are $12 adults, $10 seniors (60+), and $8 students. Tickets may be obtained at the door.
“The Curious Savage” premiered on Broadway on October 24, 1950. It has stood the test of time like St. George’s Church which this year is celebrating the bicentennial of when construction began on the beautiful stone church building. “The Curious Savage” is the fall fundraiser for the church.