A Hotel on Marvin GardensA Hotel on Marvin Gardens
by Nagle Jackson

March 28 - April 19, 2003
Directed by Lance Garrett

"My life is like this board game," quips one of the characters in A HOTEL ON MARVIN GARDENS, and there you have the essence of Nagle Jackson's sparkling comedy, which received its Oklahoma premiere at Carpenter Square Theatre.

The central character is K.C., the powerful owner of ME, a magazine blatantly devoted to "self-help, self-promotion and self-gratification." Each April Fool's Day, K.C. holds a marathon Monopoly game party at her island retreat in Long Island Sound. This year, the game players are K.C. herself, her obedient lover and publisher Bo, the magazine's emotional, about-to-be-fired editor Henry and the magazine's eccentric new restaurant critic Erna.

Rick Cheek, Emily Etherton, Chris Crane, and Kim Davis in A HOTEL ON MARVIN GARDENS

As the Monopoly game progresses, the four players engage in a real-life struggle for position and power that mirrors their game tactics. Their relationships turn stormy as the weather outside turns stormy. When a young school teacher bursts in seeking refuge from the storm and her aggressive date, her frank, likable manner is a sharp contrast to the jaded witticisms of the other characters. Henry becomes attracted to the fresh young Rose. Rose, awed by their wealth, may be more attracted to the luxuries that Henry's fat paychecks could buy her. By play's end, K.C. may win her board game - she must - even if she's a loser in the game of life.

Kim Davis and Rick Cheek in A HOTEL ON MARVIN GARDENS  Clockwise: Kim Davis, Rick Cheek, and Emily Etherton in A HOTEL ON MARVIN GARDENS

Playwright Nagle Jackson wrote "A Hotel on Marvin Gardens" on a lark in 1999. "I wrote it just for fun. I wanted to write a drawing room comedy, because it is a genre that no longer exists. People don't sit around and chat the way they used to. The only time people gather now is to play games." Enter the game of Monopoly. "It is such an icon of American culture," Jackson said. "It's all about power and acquisition. The play's focus is on one of the players, a highly successful woman the likes of Martha Stewart or magazine publisher Tina Brown. We explore what would a woman who has never lost do if it appears she will lose a game."

Rick Cheek and Emily Etherton in A HOTEL ON MARVIN GARDENS Kim Davis in A HOTEL ON MARVIN GARDENS Lisa Lasky and Chris Crane in A HOTEL ON MARVIN GARDENS






  Kim Davis
Bo   Rick Cheek
Henry   Chris Crane
Erna   Emily Etherton
Rose   Lisa Lasky


Director   Lance Garrett
Crew   TBA



Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc.


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