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The Escape Artist Mar 27, 1964

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 THE FREDERIC WOOD THEATRE PRESENTS
m&GWE /KfKH
BY DONALD SOULE
MARCH 27 - APRIL 4, 1964
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA ABOUT THE  PLAY
In form, "The Escape Artist" is a farce; in content it is
serious - even painful. It is not therefore an easy or a
pleasant play. Like life, it can make you laugh, but it can
also shock and hurt you.
Basically, the play is about a certain kind of man: he is
sometimes called the amateur liberal. He is sincere, humble,
obliging, eager, earnest - and ineffectual. When the going
gets rough, he is an escape artist.
"The Escape Artist" creates a theatrical world which
bears a meaningful - though not a literal - resemblance to
the real world. Thus the dilemma Albert faces in the play is
merely a heightened, theatricalized version of the dilemma
we all face if we care about things: How can I, one person,
do anything effective about all the suffering in the world?
Faced with this question, we can of course simply say,
" It's none of my business."   This is the animal answer.
As human beings, however, we have two alternatives - both
dangerous. On the one hand, we can respond emotionally,
as Albert does in the play, with a great burst of sympathy
and horror. But all too often this results in our being paralyzed by pity and by our awareness of the sheer size of the
problem. On the other hand, we can choose the rational
solution and associate ourselves with some organization
big enough and efficient enough to accomplish something.
But here the danger is bureaucracy, the creation of an infernal machine so concerned with protecting and perpetuating itself that it forgets what its original purpose was, as
Bordello and the Old Man have done in the play.
"The Escape Artist" doesn't pretend to offer a solution to
this dilemma. It merely tries to present it and to suggest
some of the difficulties it involves.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The Frederic Wood Theatre wishes to express its appreciation  for  the   assistance  given  to  the production of
"The  Escape  Artist"  by the many  friends of theatre
both  on   and off the  campus.
THE VANCOUVER SUN
THE VANCOUVER PROVINCE
VANCOUVER WEEKLY NEWSPAPERS
ARTS COUNCIL NEWS
ABOUT TOWN
C.B.C.
C.H.Q.M.
VANCOUVER RADIO STATIONS
THE BUZZER
WESTERN HOMES & LIVING
THE UBYSSEY
B.C. DENTAL SUPPLY CO.  LTD.
KERRISDALE ARENA
TAIT'S JEWELLERS
STANLEY PARK SCENIC SHOP
DOUG GYSEMAN
HEWER'S HARDWARE
NORMAN CULL LTD., OPTICIANS
THE   UNIVERSITY  DEPARTMENTS   OF
EXTENSION, BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS,
PURCHASING AND TRAFFIC THE ESCAPE ARTIST
by
Donald Soule
CAST
in order of appearance
ALBERT SCHWEITZER AMBROSE . ROBERT CLOTHIER *
DICK SULLY • EDWARD STIDDER *
EUGENE I. BORDELLO DEREK RALSTON *
MISS TANCRED DAPHNE GOLDRICK *
THE MAN AT THE TELEVISION SET DESMOND SMILEY
THE MAN IN THE CAGE ALLAN DOBBY *
THE WOMAN AT THE STOVE . RAE BROWN *
FRANCIS E. XAVIER, JR WALTER MARSH *
THE OLD MAN  GUY PALMER
VOICES   PATRICIA DONOVAN, JACKIE FOORD,
PATRICIA LUDWICK, JEANETTE MacARTHUR
THERE WILL BE ONE FIFTEEN-MINUTE INTERMISSION DIRECTED BY THE AUTHOR
SCENERY AND LIGHTING DESIGNED BY ARISTIDES GAZETAS
COSTUMES BY JESSIE RICHARDSON
SOUND SCORE BY JOHN WEST        CHOREOGRAPHY BY CAROLINE FRIEDSON
PRODUCTION
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR & STAGE MANAGER NORMAN YOUNG
COSTUME EXECUTION JESSIE RICHARDSON
GERALDINE RICHARDSON
ASSISTANT TECHNICAL DIRECTOR IAN PRATT
ASSISTANTS TO THE DIRECTOR         KARL WYLIE
NORA WILKINSON
PROPERTIES JOYCE SOBELL
NORA WILKINSON
and members of the Frederic
Wood Theatre Committee
SOUND    .     .     RAE ACKERMAN
PAINTING ASSISTANTS DON ELLIOTT
JACK DARCUS
STAGE CREW JOHN MADILL
JOANNE CARLING
JANE CLEGG
BOX OFFICE MARJORIE FORDHAM
USHERS         PEGGY SAYLE
PRODUCTION DOROTHY SOMERSET
JESSIE RICHARDSON
Coming
THE    FANTASTICKS-
BOOK AND LYRICS BY
TOM JONES
MUSIC BY
HARVEY SCHMIDT
An enchanting musical about a boy,
a girl and a wall - 4 years in New
York,   6   months   in   Toronto.
JUNE 12 - JULY 4

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