The Dresser

Playwright: Ronald Harwood

Directed by: Bobby Miller

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Based on the author's own experiences as dresser to Sir Donald Wolfit, this bracing, heartbreaking drama is an elegy to a by-gone era. Backstage at a theatre in the English provinces during WWII, Sir, the last of the great breed of English actor/managers, is in a bad way tonight, as his dresser Norman tries valiantly to prepare him to go on stage as King Lear. Unsure of his lines as well as who and where he is supposed to be, Sir is adamantly determined to roar his last. With Herculean effort on the part of Norman, Sir finally makes it on stage and through the performance no thanks to an air raid courtesy of the Luftwaffe. Back in his dressing room after the performance, the worn out old trouper dies, leaving alone his company and the loyal dresser after one final bow.                      

Cast

Sir- Jonel Joplin*

Norman- John Contini*

Her Ladyship - Missy Miller

Madge - Emily Baker

Geoffrey-Richard Lewis

Oxenby - David Wassilak

Irene - Sophia Brown 

Lear’s Men: Jeremy Goldmeier, Ryan Lawson Maeske, Drew Pennebaker and Chuck Brinkley

*Member Actors' Equity Association

Reviews

A stirring evening [that]...burns with a love of the theatre that conquers all...Perfectly observed, devilishly entertaining backstage lore

The New York Times

Enthralling, funny and touching. Lovingly delineated dramatic portraits...Almost any actor would jump at them."

New York Post