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Our 1961-1962 Season: Mainstage

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Dark at the Top of the Stairs

Written by William Inge

The setting is a small Oklahoma town in the early 1920s and the home of the Flood family. Here we find Rubin, a traveling salesman for a harness firm, Cora, his sensitive and lovely wife, Sonny, their little boy and Reenie, their teenage daughter. The plot consists of a series of short stories — the fight between a husband and wife; the fear of an overly shy young girl on going to a dance; the problems of an introverted little boy who feels that the whole world is against him; the corroding marriage of Cora's rowdy sister; and the tragedy of a military school cadet who suffers from the stigma of being a Jew in an alien community. The play's message is that there is dark at the top of everyone's stairs, but that it can be dissipated by understanding, tolerance and compassion.

Opening Night: Wednesday, January 31, 1962 - Closing Night: Saturday, February 10, 1962


Sammy GoldenbaumJack Ballard
Flirt ConroyDebbie Deeble
Reenie FloodJamie Donnelly
Morris LaceyWilbur "Bud" Downing
Punky GivensDick Eggert
Sonny FloodJackie Pfeifer
Lottie LaceyPat Shea
Cora FloodPeg Shuler
Rubin FloodClark Walter

Production Staff

DirectorBob Foth
Larry Harden
ProducerDorothy Cobb
Stage ManagerFrank Gaffney
Set DesignEleanor Faber
Set Construction-CrewAl Berger
Bob Ely
Frank Gaffney
George Hedlund
Bob Hooper
Fred Ingram
Jud Rae
Tom Tierney
John Van Goor
Stage CrewKay Doddington
Marthe Foth
Pat Harden
Gloria Ingram
Barbara Schreiber
Ellen Walter
Set DecorEleanor Faber
Gloria Ingram
Lighting DesignBill DeVorss
Dick Eggert
Sound CrewWalter Caceres
John Falk
Bob Hooper
Sel Thierfelder
PropsKay Doddington
Becky Kinney
Helena Pfeiffer
CostumesPat Harden
Sarah Reed
Ellen Walter
Make-UpLea Bonner
Madeline Child
Mildred Hilyard
Kay Hoffman
Alice Mahler
PrompterKay Hoffman