Retro Productions presents a revival of Norman Krasna's screwball comedy Dear Ruth.
It's WWII, and teenager Miriam Wilkins can't keep her nose out of other people's affairs. Fired up by patriotism Miriam begins a pen pal relationship with an Air Corps officer. Using her older sister Ruth's name and image, Miriam presents herself as a morale boosting love interest, never thinking for a moment that the officer would live to return home. Return he does; to the Wilkins home in Queens, to an astonished Ruth, and to Ruth's fiancé!
Dear Ruth premiered on Broadway in 1944 and ran for over 650 performances. The play was turned into a film of the same name, starring William Holden and Joan Caulfield. Legend has it that when J.D. Salinger saw the film’s billboard, he decided to name his Catcher in the Rye protagonist Holden Caulfield.
Cast: Becky Byers (2010 NYTheatre.com Person of the Year), Heather E. Cunningham (2007 Back Stage “Performance to Remember” for Still Life, Retro Productions), Shay Gines (The Lady in Question, TOSOS), Douglas B. Giorgis* (Three Wishes for Jamie), Joe Mathers (The Vigil, or the Guided Cradle, Impetuous Theater Group and Brick Theater), David Sedgwick* (Pearl Theatre Company and New York Classical Theatre), Alisha Spielmann (As You Like It and Native Speech, Boomerang Theatre Company), Matilda Szydagis* (The Desk Set, Retro Productions), and Matthew Trumbull* (The Desk Set, Retro Productions and Viral, Gideon Productions).
Scenic Design: Jeff Stander
Scenic Consultants: Jack Cunningham & Rebecca Cunningham
Costume Design: Viviane Galloway
Military Costume Design: Jeannette Aultz
Lighting Design: Jacqueline Reid
Sound Design: Jeanne Travis
Properties Design: Cassie Dorland & Heather Cunningham
Production Stage Manager: Ricardo Rust
About the Company: Retro Productions
It is the mission of Retro Productions to present works of retro theatre. Retro is defined as "involving, relating to, or reminiscent of things past (American Heritage Dictionary)." At Retro Productions we will strive to tell good theatrical stories which have an historical perspective -with an emphasis on the 20th century- in order to broaden our own understanding of the world we live in. We believe through stories of human lives and struggles, both dramatic and comedic, we can understand social history and culture and how it affects us today.
Retro received recognition from their first two productions of Catholic School Girls and Mrs. California (as River Heights Productions) then gathered momentum in their third season with the Retro production of Still Life. Also directed by Ric Sechrest, Still Life received accolades from playwright Emily Mann: "Your production got it...Every aspect of the experience was first rate. Retro is clearly a company dedicated to creating impeccable work that truly matters," and Heather E. Cunningham's performance was honored alongside Romeo and Juliet’s Lauren Ambrose and August: Osage County’s Deanna Dunagan as one of Backstage's ‘2007 Performances to Remember’.
Retro Productions put themselves on the map in their fourth season producing Sally Nemeth's Mill Fire and What I Did Last Summer, called "...first-rate: brisk, sweet and occasionally quite moving," by playwright A.R. Gurney. This, their first season in residence at The Spoon Theater, garnered six 2008 New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations: two for performance and four for design, a New York Magazine ‘Off-off Broadway pick’ and the growing reputation of ‘the finished effect of a Retro Production’ (The Fab Marquee, Mill Fire). Kicking off with The Tender Trap and concluding with When You Comin’ Back Red Ryder? Retro's fifth season is proving that with a design team that has the ability to achieve 'theatrical time travel,' (The Fab Marquee) and "a powerful display of New York's dramatic talent," (offoffonline) Retro Productions is “...becoming a reliable source for first-class work.” (United Stages).
Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 pm with special performances Monday, May 9th at 8:00 pm and Sunday, May 15th at 3:00 pm
Theater: Spoon Theater
Address: 38 West 38th Street
New York, NY 10018
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Retro Productions at 866-8