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The Curious Savage Last Modified: Friday, October 17, 2008
The Curious Savage
by John Patrick
Directed by Bill Schuler
February, 1999


From the Dramatists Play Service:

Mrs. Savage has been left ten million dollars by her husband and wants to make the best use of it, in spite of the efforts of her grown-up stepchildren to get their hands on it. These latter, knowing that the widow's wealth is now in negotiable securities, and seeing they cannot get hold of it, commit her to a "sanatorium" hoping to "bring her to her senses." But Mrs. Savage is determined to establish a fund to help others realize their hopes and dreams. In the sanatorium she meets various social misfits, men and women who just cannot adjust themselves to life, people who need the help Mrs. Savage can provide. In getting to know them, she realizes that she will find happiness with them and plans to spend the rest of her life as one of them. But when the doctor tells her there is no reason why she should remain, she hesitates to go out into a hard world where people seem ready to do anything for money. The self-seeking stepchildren are driven to distraction by their vain efforts to browbeat Mrs. Savage, but she preserves her equanimity and leads them on a merry chase. At last her friends conspire to get rid of her stepchildren, and through their simple belief in the justice of her cause, they enable Mrs. Savage to carry out her plans. The last scene, a farewell party, is a delightful fantasy where each "guest" in the sanatorium realizes at last some hopeless dream for something he was never able to realize. The dominant mood is high comedy, and the audience is left with a feeling that the neglected virtues of kindness and affection have not been entirely lost in a world that seems motivated at times only by greed and dishonesty.

Published by Dramatists Play Service.

Maya Winn as Fairy May Carol Albee as Florence

Robert Simpson as Hannibal John Crawford as Jeffrey
The Cast
Role Actor
Fairy May (Guest): Maya Winn
Florence (Guest): Carol Albee
Hannibal (Guest): Robert Simpson
Jeffrey (Guest): John Crawford
Mrs. Paddy (Guest): Jan McKillip
Lily Belle (Family): Judith Greer
Samuel (Family): Frank Nilson
Ethel Savage: Elva Hansen
Titus (Family): Mark Britton
Dr. Emmett (Staff): John Criton
Miss Wilhelmina (Staff): Linda Rickel
Our Crew
Producer: Maya Winn
Director: Bill Schuler
Assistant Director: Julia Lamb
Set Design: Mark Britton
Set Construction: Mark Britton,
Ray Johnson,
Jan McKillip,
Bill Schuler, and
Bill Tanzyus
Lights and Sound: Gene Forsyth,
Ray Johnson, and
Dave McKillip
Props: Julie Lamb
Costumes: Cast
Makeup: Andrea Rose
Wigs: Robert McGrath
Office: Bud Morrison,
Alice Anderson,
Pat Bennett,
Opel Tanzyus, and
Tiffany Younts
Parking: Robert Carpenter and
Carol Schalp
Program: A. Nominus
Others: Carol Albee,
Georgie Citron, and
Gene Forsyth
Original Artwork: Randy Groden
Webmaster: John Lukas
Jan McKillip as Mrs. Paddy Judith Greer as Lily Belle Frank Nilson as Samuel Elva Hansen as Ethel Savage
John Citron as Dr. Emmett Linda Rickel as Miss Wilhelmina OUR SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Lockwood's Men's Store
Nearly New, Hot Springs
The Arkansas Democrat Gazette
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KVRE 92.9 FM Hot Springs Village Nostalgia Radio
LaVilla News
The Sentinel-Record
Hot Springs Village Voice

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