Out of the Box Theatre Company presented
Morning’s at Seven, directed by Jennifer Sherron Scott.
Play addresses family relations in 1930s, still relevant today…
May, 2017… From May 31st through June 4th, Out of the Box, a Manhattan Equity theater company, will presented Paul Osborn’s bittersweet comedy, Morning’s at Seven.
Morning’s at Seven was performed at the West End Theater at Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew at 263 West 86th Street, New York, NY. The performances will be Wednesday through Friday, 8 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Paul Osborn (1901–1988), a prolific playwright and screenwriter, was born in Evansville, Indiana. A graduate of the University of Michigan, he also studied playwriting at Yale. In a number of his plays, his strongest characters were ordinary people roughly based on his own family and neighbors back in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he grew up. In fact, the gossip and squabbling he overheard as a child in the backyard of his relatives’ homes provided the idea for his play Morning’s at Seven. His father was the inspiration for the character David, an intellectual who is suffocated by the small talk of his in-laws while suffering from psychological debilitation himself.
The play focuses on the long-standing sibling rivalries of four aging sisters. All of them have lived “next door” to each other for fifty years. We quickly learn that living so close to one another has taken its toll and now the mostly quiet life these people share becomes unsettled when the play characters begin to question what to do with their remaining years.
It all adds up to an evening of humorously dysfunctional family life, with an emotional underpinning which anchors the play in reality. By the end, there is hope for a return to a calmer time when, as the poet Robert Browning wrote, “the year’s at spring and day’s at the morn. Morning’s at seven… God’s in his heaven… and all’s right with the world.”
The play was awarded the Tony for the best Broadway revival in 1980.
Jennifer Sherron Stock, a seasoned professional and a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC), and Actors Equity Association (AEA), makes her debut with the Out of the Box Theater directing Morning’s at Seven. She is a professional director, actor and educator who works all across the continental United States as well as in Alaska and China. She enjoys both dramas and musicals. Favorite all-time credits include Lend Me a Tenor for the All College Theatre at the State College of New Jersey, Proof for the Sheboygan Theatre Company, Noises Off at the Duluth Playhouse, Run for Your Wife at the Millbrook Playhouse, The Glass Menagerie at Fordham University, Arsenic and Old Lace at Narrows CommunityTheatre, and The Lion in Winter for the Berea College Repertory Theatre Festival. She enjoys working on plays with dialects and specializes in British, Irish, and Southern accents. Jennifer makes her home in New York City where she teaches in the Theatre and Speech Departments at City College.
The cast for this Equity Showcase production includes Bill Galarno * (Carl Bolton), Lewis Gelb* (Homer Bolton), James Harter* (David Crampton), Colleen Kennedy* (Aaronetta Gibbs), Laurel Lockhart* (Esther Crampton), James Nugent* (Theodore Swanson), Betsy Ross* (Cora Swanson), Gloria Sauvé* (Myrtle Brown) and Barbara Drum Sullivan* (Ida Bolton).
*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2941615 or by calling Out of The Box Theatre at 917-992-5150.
About Out of the Box Theatre Company:
Out of the Box Theatre Company was founded in 2006 by artistic director Scott Robinson. Scott’s goal for the group’s Equity showcase productions was to feature working professionals at their peak and in their prime: seasoned actors, directors, and designers primarily past 50 years of age, to provide opportunity and freedom for artists to work outside the restrictions of age, race, sexual orientation, and disability and inside the sphere of passion. Out of the Box donates complimentary tickets to senior patrons through various organizations throughout New York City.
Out of the Box’s first production, in 2007, was Molière’s The Miser underscored and interspersed with the music of Mozart, among others. In 2008, for its second season, OotB offered W.F. Pratt’s temperance melodrama Ten Nights in a Bar-Room, with musical olios utilizing popular songs of the 1890s.
The company’s third season, in 2009, consisted of two evenings of one-act plays: Sorry, Wrong Number by Lucille Fletcher, Hello from Bertha by Tennessee Williams, Crawling Arnold by Jules Feiffer, and Hello Out There by William Saroyan.
2010 brought an exciting production of Rain by John Colton and Clemence Randolph, based on the famous short story by W. Somerset Maugham for the fourth season. And for the fifth season, in 2011 OotB offered a staged reading of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology in Charles Aidman’s adaptation. The sixth season, 2012, brought a change of pace with a more contemporary play, Neil Simon’s comedy 45 Seconds from Broadway.
For its seventh season, OotB offered two shows for the first time: an enormously successful production of Separate Tables in the fall 2013 and a staged reading of The Hollow Crown in the spring of 2014.
The company’s eighth season production was Brian Friel’s tragi-comedy The Loves of Cass McGuire and 2016 ninth season brought in production of Deep are the Roots by Arnaud D’Usseau and James Gow.
Scott Robinson was diagnosed with cancer in December 2010 and died April 24, 2011. The company lovingly dedicates its performances to his memory and thanks its audiences and supporters for helping keep Scott’s vision alive.