Monday, December 12, 2011



By George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
Directed by Laura Byrne-Cristiano

WHEN: Sun. Dec. 18, at 7:00 PM; Tue. Dec. 20 at 7:30 PM
Studio Players, 14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair 

Performance dates: March 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31

Sides will be provided and can be view at

No Monologues ~ No Memberships or Fees Required

Get a glimpse into the life of the eccentric Sycamore family where things like daily preparation of homemade chocolates in a ballet tutu and firework explosions in the basement are the norm. Through all their unique choices the family bonds over what is most important in life and can’t be bought–love.


  • Grandpa “Martin Vanderhof” (late 60’s+): The highly intelligent and witty family patriarch who decided one day that the rat race just wasn’t worth it any more. He now does what he likes and encourages his family and friends to follow their passions rather than perceived obligations.
  • Penny “Penelope” Sycamore (Late 40’s-Late 50’s): Grandpa’s daughter; quirky but lovable romantic whose hobbies include painting and playwriting.
  • Paul Sycamore (Late 40’s-Late 50’s): Penny’s husband; loves tinkering with everything to see how it works from actual tinker toys to his passion, creating new fireworks.
  • Essie Carmichael (Late 20’s-Mid 30’s): Penny and Paul’s older daughter. Quirky and loveable like her mother. Essie’s greatest wish is to be a dancer, even if she isn’t very good at it. She also creates homemade chocolate confections that her husband delivers.
  • Ed Carmichael (Late 20’s-Mid 30’s): Essie’s husband who loved the Sycamore family so much he just came to dinner one day and stayed. He’s completely in love with Essie often accompanying her dancing musically and delivering her chocolate creations. He’s an avid reader currently fascinated with the Communist movement. He prints leaflet and dinner menus on his homemade printing press.
  • Alice Sycamore (20’s): In a sea of people who have the strangest of hobbies, Alice is decidedly normal by society’s standards. She’s a secretary at a high power Wall Street firm and in love with the boss’ son. She loves her eccentric family, but does find them a bit trying at times.
  • Tony Kirby “Anthony Kirby, Jr.” (late 20’s): The heir apparent at the high powered Wall Street firm Kirby and Company, though he feels stifled and a bit unprepared at his job in his father’s company. In love with Alice, his secretary.
  • Anthony Kirby, Sr. (50’s+): Highly strung, successful, and powerful Wall Street executive who owns his own firm. He’s a classic stuffed shirt with a big ego that needs stroking. He has a very regimented view of life, and expects everything to go along by highly defined societal rules.
  • Miriam Kirby (50’s+): Lives the life of the bored housewife of the powerful executive. Happily looks down her nose at anyone not to her standard. She flits around charity work and embraces the latest, highend fads. Is rather unhappy, but would rather die than acknowledge her glamorous life is a sham.
  • Rheba (30’s+): The Sycamore’s sassy housekeeper. (Traditionally played by an African American actress, but the role as any role in this play is open to any ethnicity).
  • Donald (30’s-40’s): Rheba’s boyfriend who adores her. He and grandpa are also chummy. Donald is a little slow on the uptake, but he’d give you the shirt off his back. He’s currently unemployed collecting a relief government paycheck. (Traditionally played by an African American actor, but the role as any role in this play is open to any ethnicity).
  • Mr. DePinna (40’s+): Came by the house one day and decided to stay. He’s not the brightest bulb on the tree, and helps out Paul chiefly in the production of fireworks, but he’s happy to do whatever is needed, such as pose for Penny’s paintings.
  • Mr. Kolenkhov (40’s+): Larger than life is too subtle of a description for Mr. Kolenkhov whose personality and physical exuberance never goes unnoticed. Loyal to the Tzar, he escaped Communist Russia and assisted members of the former royalty to safely arrive in America. He loves debating politics or anything for that matter with Grandpa. He is very opinionated and brash. He doesn’t have a common sense pause button on his mouth, and frequently acts without thinking.
  • Mr. Henderson (20’s-40’s): An IRS agent who is out to clear up tax matters. Quick tempered when people don’t follow the rules. (Will double as a G-man who performs a raid.)
  • Gay Wellington (late 20’s+): An alcoholic, third-rate actress who loves regaling anyone who will listen about her life on the stage.
  • The Grand Duchess Olga Katrina (60’s+): A member of the Russian royalty who has fallen on hard times and now works as a waitress. Despite her reduced conditions, she has her pride and likes to keep up appearances and play the grande-dame by wearing furs and diamond tiaras to her job as a waitress at Schraft’s.
  • Gman (20’s+): a walk on role, performs a raid