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Travels With My Aunt logoTravels With My Aunt
by Graham Greene
Adapted by Giles Havergal

February 18 - March 11, 2000
Directed by Lane Fields

Graham Greene's comic plot revolves around a prematurely retired banker who is suddenly dragged kicking and screaming into the incredibly picaresque world of his vivacious and flamboyant Aunt Augusta. Giles Havergal adapted Graham Greene's lighthearted 1969 novel into a playful theatrical journey with four actors playing all twenty-five characters, including men, women, children, and a large rambunctious canine.

In the opening tableau, four proper English gentlemen sit in a garden sipping tea. Potted flowers perfume the air. Birds chirp gaily.

This picture of tranquility is soon replaced by a hubbub of sin, international intrigue and other covert doings when retired bank manager Henry Pulling's eccentric Aunt Augusta sweeps into Henry's mother's funeral like Auntie Mame. There she informs him that his mother was not truly his mother, then spirits the dazed fellow off for misadventures in France, Italy, Turkey and South America.

Ultimately, the true journey of the piece is Henry's transformation from one who retires from life to someone who embraces life.

What makes the staging truly unique for director Lane Fields is that all four actors wear identical crisp suits throughout, all portray Henry at some point in the action, and all must create a multitude of locales with a few tables, benches and carefully chosen props. On occasion, the four actors are Henry simultaneously, studying a letter or photograph with a range of expressions that suggest varying shades of a single response.

Director Fields refers to this as the different "colors" of Henry and worked with the actors on developing their unique aspect of Henry's responses.

Fields has assembled a talented ensemble made up of Carpenter Square veterans and newcomers. 

Besides the mild-mannered Henry, Don Taylor also plays Aunt Augusta, the vivacious septuagenarian.

Rob May portrays eleven different characters ranging from a CIA agent to a virginal Paraguayan maiden.

Scott Meek has no less than nine characters ranging from an aging West African to a crotchety fortuneteller in Brighton.

New to Carpenter Square is Kirk Mace who gets to try not only male and female characters, but also an energetic wolfhound.

When talking about his adaptation of Graham Greene's novel, Giles Havergal says, "The essence of the book is what I tried to capture. It is primarily about Henry and is told by him. All the characters he meets along the way are extremely colorful and eye-catching and beguiling, but essentially it is Henry's journey and described through Henry's eyes." The 1995 New York production garnered both a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award.

 

 THE CAST


Kirk Mace

 

 


Rob May, Scott Meek, and Don Taylor

 

 


A view of the stage and slide projections

 

 


Rob May and Scott Meek

Henry Pulling
Aunt Augusta
Don Taylor
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Henry Pulling, Vicar, Tooley, O'Toole,
Miss Keene, Frau Smidt, Italian Girl,
Yolanda, Richard Pulling, Uncle Jo,
Sparrow's Colleague
Rob May
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Henry Pulling, Wordsworth, Mr. Visconti, Col. Hakim, Miss Patterson, Hatty, Det. Sgt. Sparrow, Spanish Gentleman, Taxi Driver Scott Meek
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Henry Pulling, Wolf, Girl in Jodhpurs,
Hotel Receptionist, Bodyguard, Policeman
Kirk Mace
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Understudy Richie Rayfield
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 THE CREW
Director Lane Fields
Scene Design & Technical Direction Tom Harrington
Light Design Steven Gillmore
Light Crew Kyle Watson
Scott Andrews
Kevin Watson
Kate Emig
Costume Design Mary Freeh
Sound Design Lane Fields
Philip Carlton
Stage Manager & Sound Operator Michael Greene
Properties Lane Fields
Stage Floor Design Nick Backes
Slide Design Philip Carlton
Don Lusk
Light Board Bob Bates
Running Crew Lyn Bates
Emily Etherton
Richie Rayfield
Genger Gibson
Tom Gibson
Mary Freeh
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 SPECIAL THANKS TO

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition - Pier 1 - Doobie Potter - Ron Martin - Rhonda Clark - Lysandra Dial-Meek


Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing Company.

Buy the original novel by Graham Greene from Amazon.com

 

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