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/**
The Players' Club Alumni
of the
University of British Columbia
present
Distant Point
By A.N. AFINOGENEV
Sponsored by The B.C.  Teachers' Federation
Produced by Dwothy Somerset
Produced l>y special permission ol John Rudker,
Pushkin Press, London, Lngljud,
LYRIC  THEATRE
May 17, 18, 19 and 20,
19 4 4 ABOUT THE PLAY
"Distant Point" was written in 1935, the work of the young
Soviet playwright, Afinogenev, who was tragically killed in a
Moscow air raid in 1941.
The first production was at the Vahktangov Theatre in
Moscow in 1985.
It had a successful run at the Westminster Theatre in
London in 1941. ,
The first Canadian performance was at the Queens University Summer Theatre in August, 1942. It was repeated by them
in Kingston in November, 1942.
The Montreal Repertory Theatre produced it in April, '43.
CAST
KORIUSHKO—Stationmaster   - .
IJUBOV SEMIONOVA—His wife
ZHENLA—Their daughter
LAVRENTI—-Linesman
GLASHA—His wife    ....
MAKAROV—Glasha's father      .      .
GENNADI—Telegraph operator
Mildred Caple
johanne worsoe
Elisabeth Jackson
J. W. B. Shore
Sam Payne
MATVEI ILYICH—Army Corps Commander of
the Far-Eastern Russian Army    .      .    Jack Bowdery
VERA NIKOLAEVNA—His wife
SULIN—His A. D. C.     .     .     .
VLAS—Second linesman .   .
Bice, Caple
Ted Speers
Director
DOROTHY SOMERSET SCENE
The action of the play takes place at a small railway station,
"Distant Point" on the Trans-Siberian Railway, about 7,000
kilometers from Moscow and 2,000 from Vladivostok.
The time is late August.a year or so before the outbreak of
the present war,
ACT I,     The station platform at "Distant Point".
6:30 in the morning.
ACT II.    A clearing in the forest.
The same evening.
>
ACT III. The interior of the General's saloon-coach.
Early morning the following day.
  ...,-, ■...: '.PRODUCTION- HEADS
Production manager      .      .      .      .      ...      .      Lacey Fisher
Costumes      . ■    .      .      .      . ■    .  -• .      .      .      Betty Byng-H all
Properties Blair Baillie, Joanne Brown
Make-up     ..........     Vivien Ramsay
Stage manager     v     . Tom Lea
Lighting     ........      Lt. Pat Larsen, Jack Hill
Scenic designers   .   Spr. Clifford Robinson, Lt.. Robert Orchard
Sound effects     .........      Roth Gordon
Music arranged by Lt. Robert Orchard
Prompter Nora Gibson
Publicity      .........     John Sutherland ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
We wish to thank the following for their assistance:
University of British Columbia
U. B. G. Alma Mater Society
Department of University Extension
Vancouver Little Theatre Association .
Cunningham Drug Stores. Ltd. ,
Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Organization
Musicians'Union, Local 145, A. F. of M.
Hudson's Bay Company
U. 15. C4* x layers Olub
J. W. Kelly Piano Co.
Hilker Attractions
Alfred Knight Studios
Mr. Ab Hine
Mr. Ralph Plant
Mrs. G. M. Christie
Mr. John Goss
CBR.
PERSONALITIES
tstz?
THE DIRECTOR
DOROTHY   SOMERSET   is   head   of
dramatics at the Department of University"
Extension.   She needs no introduction to
Vancouver audiences, who have seen, many
of her productions, such as "Caesar and
Cleopatra" and "The Brontes" for the
U. B. C. Players' Club and "Tobias and
the Angel" for the Little Theatre.
THE CAST
JACK BOWDERY has been in many
Little Theatre successes of the last year.
He will be remembered for his fine work
in "Thunder Rock", and also in "Watch
on the Rhine" and "Arsenic and Old
Lace". He is also a familiar voice on
CBR.
BICE CAPLE (Mrs. Kenneth Caple)
scored a success in Players' Club days with
"The Old Lady Shows Her Medals". Since
then she has been busy with dramatic
ventures in Summerland and now in Vancouver.
LACEY FISHER is President of the
Players' Club Alumni and has been the
moving spirit behind the presentation of
this play. His last role with the Alumni
was in "The Adding Machine".
ELISABETH JACKSON (Mrs. J. I. Jackson) studied at the Cornish School in
Seattle.   She seems to be specializing in
Russian roles this season, for she played a
Russian in the Little Theatre production
of "Dark Eyes" last fall.
SAM PAYNE is another leading actor
of the Vancouver Little Theatre and was
seen there just last month, in "The Willow
and I". He is also heard on CBR broadcasts.
MILDRED CAPLE (Mrs. Monty Caple)
has not been on the stage for several years.
She was in Little Theatre plays such as
"Catherine the "Great".
JOHANNE WORSOE is a' student, at
Prince of Wales High School where she is
active in dramatics. She was seen in "Out
of the Frying Pan" ■ produced by Lacey
Fisher this spring.
CYRIL CHAVE will be remembered in
many Players* Club Alumni plays such as
"Personal Appearance" and "The Lady of
Lyons",
R. C. HARRIS is a past President of
'the Club and has also been in many of
its productions, the latest being "The Man
Who Came to Dinner".
J. W. B. SHORE was also in "The Man
Who Came to Dinner". When not acting
himself be is busy rehearsing his students
for his Shadowgraph films at school.
TED SPEERS has been active in the
Players' Club here and in Manitoba with
the Inter-Faculty Drama League. He has
also done radio announcing in Vancouver
and Manitoba.

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