ANTA Playhouse, (10/26/1975 - 11/09/1975)

First Preview: Oct 24, 1975
Opening Date: Oct 26, 1975
Closing Date: Nov 09, 1975
Total Previews: 3
Total Performances: 18

Category: Play, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: A small Kansas town in the early 1950s. Labor Day and the next day.
Comments: Author's Note: "It wouldn't be fair to say that 'Summer Brave' is the original version of 'Picnic'. I have written before that I never completely fulfilled my original intentions in writing 'Picnic' before we went into production in 1953, and that I wrote what some considered a fortuitous ending in order to have a finished play to go into rehearsal. A couple of years after 'Picnic' had closed on Broadway, after the film version had made its success, I got the early version out of my files and began to rework it, just for my own satisfaction. 'Summer Brave' is the result. I admit that I prefer it to the version of the play that was produced, but I don't necessarily expect others to agree. 'Summer Brave' might not have enjoyed any success on Broadway whatever, nor won any of the prizes that were bestowed upon 'Picnic'. But I feel that it is more humorously true than 'Picnic', and it does fulfill my original intentions." -William Inge

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The American National Theatre and Academy

Produced by Barry M. Brown, Burry Fredrik, Fritz Holt and Sally Sears; Produced for the Kennedy Center & Xerox Corporation by Roger L. Stevens and Richmond Crinkley; Produced in association with Robert V. Straus

Originally produced by American Bicentennial Theatre

The revised version of the Pulitzer-Prize winning comedy "Picnic" by William Inge

Directed by Michael Montel; Dances staged by Michel Stuart

Scenic Design by Stuart Wurtzel; Costume Design by Donald Brooks; Lighting Design by David Segal

General Manager: Marvin A. Krauss Associates, Inc.; Company Manager: David Wyler

Production Stage Manager: Dyanne Hochman; Stage Manager: Jason La Padura; Assistant Stage Mgr: Bill Barrett

Press Representative: Shirley Herz; Casting: Terry Fay; Advertising: The Blaine Thompson Agency, Matthew Serino and Michael DeLuise; Assistant to Messrs. Brown & Holt: Amos Abrams

Opening Night Cast

Nan MartinFlo Owens
Alexis SmithRosemary Sydney
Ernest ThompsonHal Carter
Jill EikenberryMadge Owens
Sheila K. AdamsMillie Owens
Bill BarrettNewsboy
Miles Chapin
Broadway debut
Alice DrummondChristine Schoenwalder
Martha GreenhouseMrs. Helen Potts
Mark KologiBomber
Patricia O'ConnellIrma Kronkite
Joe PonazeckiHoward Bevans
Peter WellerAlan Seymour

Standby: Patricia O'Connell (Rosemary Sydney)

Understudies: Bill Barrett (Beano, Bomber), Richard DeFabees (Alan Seymour, Hal Carter), Alice Drummond (Flo Owens, Irma Kronkite, Mrs. Helen Potts), Stephanie Kurz (Christine Schoenwalder, Madge Owens, Millie Owens), Jason La Padura (Newsboy) and F.J. O'Neil (Howard Bevans)

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