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by Dorothy MaCardle

dramatized by Tlm Kelly presented by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, lnc.

The Uninvited by Dorothy McCardle was originally published as a novel in 1942 and was subsequently transferred with great success, to film (starring Ray Milland and Gail Russell). In the film, Roddy,originally conceived as a theatre criticlplaywright is changed to an aspiring composer moved to create a lovely symphony dedicated to the girl he loves. Thus "Stella by Starlight" was introduced to the world. Because the haunting melody is so closely associated by film afficionados to the title, we have chosen to in- corporate it into this production. The play The Uninvited adapted by Tim Kelly in 1979, is written to be performed in a present day setting; an idea found particularly jar- ring to the original concept of McCardle's novel. I felt sure McCardle was representing pre-war England in her book -so this production is set in the mid-1930's.The film pro- duction so strongly evoked a beautifullyshadowed, haunting illustration of the McCardle story (black and white photography at its best) that the conceptualization of a stylized play design - costumes and setting wholly composed of black, white and gray - came easily and naturally to the production. And, finally, because Kelly's adaptation relied on long monologues evoking images of the past, I imagined an off-stage playing area where dramatic visualization of the narration could be played. For fun, we allowed that this area could be our one note of "technicolor". The operative word in all this has been "fun" and from costumes to setting to sound to lighting to acting this, of all con-

cepts, has been accomplished. Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MARGE UHLARIK

Assistant Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J I M GILL Producer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .THERESA McSWlGGlN Set Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MELODY DANLEY Lighting Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .LARRY LAUDER

SYNOPSIS

The action of the play takes place in the sitting room of Cliff End, an isolated house overlooking the Bristol Channel in the West of England.

Act I Scene 1: A late summer morning Scene 2: Some weeks later -afternoon

Intermission

Act II Scene 1: Two weeks later -evening Scene 2: The following morning

Act Ill That evening

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