by Neil Simon
Plaza Suite is actually three short unconnected plays, all set in the same suite of the Plaza Hotel, New York.
This April, from the 10th to 13th April 2019 we will perform Plaza Suite by Neil Simon in the Lexicon Theatre Studio, Dun Laoghaire.
Act I : Visitor from Mamaroneck
Karen Nash is hoping for a romantic celebration of her 24th (or was it 23rd?) wedding anniversary with her husband, Sam. He, however, is distracted by work problems.
Act II Visitor from Hollywood
Successful movie producer, Jesse Kiplinger is on a brief stopover in New York and makes contact with his high-school sweetheart, Muriel Tate, who visits him in his hotel suite. He is weary of all his Hollywood wives. She is bored with the ordinariness of her husband and their suburban life. Both, for their separate reasons, wish to defibrillate their teenage romance.
Act III Visitor from Forrest Hills
Norma and Roy Hubley are dressed and ready to celebrate the wedding of their daughter. The groom and all the guests are waiting downstairs, but the bride has locked herself in the bathroom and will not come out despite every effort by her parents to persuade her.
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The Cast of ‘Time of My Life’
Some more about what makes the Society…
Not everyone joins St. Patrick’s Dramatic Society to tread the boards. Obviously there’d be no plays if we didn’t have our actors. But there are many other ‘roles’ for our members that are hugely important to the success of any production!
Every full-length play, and the majority of the one-act plays, requires a large hard working production team.
DIRECTOR: She/he may have chosen the play initially and puts her/his mark on it during ten weeks of Monday and Thursday night rehearsals, sometimes with a few extras towards the end.
STAGE MANAGER: Works closely with the director, attends most of the rehearsals and is in charge every night during the actual run of the play, ensuring that cast, crew and set are all as director designated.
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER (A.S.M.): Is there to help the stage manager fulfil the above.
PROMPT: Is the person ‘on the book’ during the rehearsals and sitting in the wings following the script every night during the run, to rescue the situation if/when an actor loses a line.
PROPERTIES (PROPS): Help to assemble all the items needed for the play, whether to decorate the set or to be used by individual actors. The props team attends rehearsals and the run, setting the stage and distributing props as directed.
SET DESIGN & DÉCOR: Is undertaken by a creative member who works with the director to design the set, oversee its construction and ‘dressing’ with props and furniture for the run.
SET CONSTRUCTION: The team works closely with the set designer in advance of the production and then, armed with saws, hammers et al, builds the agreed set immediately prior to the play.
LIGHTING: Again, this job involves working closely with the director to ensure that an appropriate lighting plot is agreed in advance. In addition to setting up all the lights required, the lighting person is there to operate it for every performance during the run.
SOUND: Whether it’s bleating sheep, barking dogs, banging doors, birds twittering or opening/closing music, the sound person sources what’s needed and is there to operate the sound system and appropriate sounds/music for the latter part of the rehearsal schedule and every night during the run.
WARDROBE: Another role for a creative person, as the job involves finding the right costumes for the characters from either the society’s extensive collection of clothes or further afield, and then adapting them to fit the varied shapes of the actors concerned.
PRODUCTION MANAGER: Is the person who fills the various roles of the whole production team for any play and then ensures that they’re all on top of their particular job.
PUBLICITY: To get plenty of bums on seats, this person will write the press release, send it to the relevant media (both newspapers and radio stations) and, when possible, set up radio interviews, as well as distributing posters.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Publicity photographs of the cast in costume are taken during an agreed rehearsal night, for distribution to the media and display purposes in shops around Dalkey prior to the run.
PRINTING: This involves working with the group’s printers to ensure that tickets, fliers, posters and programmes are ready at relevant times during the rehearsal schedule.
FINANCE: At least two people are needed front of house to look after ticket sales/money every night during the run of the play.
BOX OFFICE: A job that involves getting tickets, fliers etc out to members and encouraging them to sell them so that there’ll be plenty of bums on seats.
BOOKING SECRETARY: The person whose phone number is on all publicity material for phone bookings and who organises tickets for them at the door on the night.
FRONT OF HOUSE: She/he organises and heads up the team of members/friends to set up and serve coffees/teas at the interval every night of the run, and to clear up afterwards.
As we said, there’s more to drama than acting when you join a dramatic society…