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by Ferenc Molnár
adapted by Morwyn Brebner
directed by Max Truax
April 12 – May 31, 2014
Friday, Saturday and Monday nights at 8PM.
Sundays at 7PM.
The show runs about 90 minutes with no intermission.
THE PRESIDENT is a farcical Pygmalion story set entirely in the New York office of Mr. Norrison, a powerful business executive, just prior to The Great Crash. The stability of Norrison’s business rests on the potential financial investment of one man, whose daughter Lydia has been staying with Norrison under his care. Just as Norrison is about to finalize the deal with his investor – and leave on a much needed vacation – Lydia announces that she’s eloped with a communist taxi driver, a marriage which her parents will most assuredly not approve. Norrison has one hour to transform Lydia’s new husband into a successful capitalist, and he must use the well-oiled machinery of his enterprise to enact the transformation. The clock is ticking! Translated from Hungarian with pitch-perfect comedic timing, Morwyn Brebner’s adaptation has audiences rooting for capitalism even while a display of its corruptive powers unfolds before them. This will be Max Truax’s first comedy.
Originally titled “1, 2, 3” when it was written in 1929, this farce was the inspiration for Billy Wilder’s 1961 classic starring James Cagney.
THE PRESIDENT is produced in special arrangement with Pam Winter, Gary Goddard Agency.
Company Member John Arthur Lewis plays the President, Mr. Norrison. The cast features Oracle Company Members Eli Branson, Brian Hurst, and DeChantel Kosmatka. The ensemble also features Sabrina Conti, Joan McGrath, Michelle M. Oliver, Steven Ratcliff, Susan Wingerter, Travis Delgado, Spenser Davis, and Alex Levin. Joseph Ramski is understudy.
The creative team for THE PRESIDENT includes Costume Design by company member Joan Pritchard. The creative team also features Eric Van Tassell (Lighting Design), Joanna Iwanicka (Scenic Design), Steve Labedz (Sound Design), Michal Janicki (Video Design) and Evelyn DeHais (Graphic Design). Joe Mazza (Brave Lux) is Oracle’s Resident Photographer. Deirdre Connelly is Stage Manager and Harold Jaffe is Assistant Stage Manager. Taylor Bibat is Producer, and Justin Snyder is Technical Director. Lyndsay Kane is Casting Director for Oracle Productions. Max Truax is Artistic Director of Oracle Theatre. Ben Fuchsen is Executive Producer of Oracle Productions.