MORNING'S AT SEVEN- By paul osborn
directed by alice fell
May 9-12 & 15 - 18, 2019
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows begin at 8:00 pm, seating at 7:30 pm
Sunday and Wednesday matinees begin at 2:00 pm, seating at 1:30 pm
Carl - Andy Jentzen
Esty - Gayle Grier
Homer - Joe York
Cora - Marie Jones
Ida - Connie Jo Ferguson
David - Steve Shelton
Thor - Sanders Hamson
Arry - Erica Dutton
Myrtle - Aimee Jo McVay
Mornings at Seven
Performances May 9-12 & 15-18
Riverside Arts Center
76 N. Huron Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
The Tony Award winning play, "Morning's at Seven" is a funny, poignant story of the four aging Gibbs sisters and their unusual families , living in a small Midwestern town. Cora and Ida have lived next door to each other for years. Their youngest sister, Aaronetta, has lived with Cora and her husband, Thor, since she was a teenager. "Arry" competes with Cora for Thor's attention, which creates complications. Ida's husband Carl, bothered by "spells," feels he failed to achieve his life's goals. Esther, the oldest sister, lives a few blocks away but is forbidden by her husband, David, to visit her sisters. Humorous but emotional tensions surface as Cora plans a new life alone with Thor, Arry tries to hang on to him, Cora struggles with David's intimidation, and Ida worries about Carl's spells. The crisis comes when Ida's and Carl's son, Homer, brings his fiancée of eight years, Myrtle, home to meet the family for the first time.
Theodore (Thor) Swanson: The gruff-spoken but tender-hearted husband of Cora, Thor is the most rational of all the males in the play, is fond of Arry and opposes the idea of sending her to live elsewhere.
Cora Swanson: Wife of Thor and sister of Arry, Ida and Esther, Cora is resentful of never having had a life alone with her husband. It is Cora who “holds things together,” but close living with her unmarried sister for upwards of four decades has created some long-standing tensions and secrets.
Aaronetta (Arry) Gibbs: The sister of Cora, Ida and Esther, Arry has lived with Cora and Thor for all of her adult life. She is both the family gossip and snoop and vies with Cora for Thor’s attention. She tends to be high strung and “wound up” most of the time.
Ida Bolton: Wife of Carl and mother of Homer, Ida and family live next door to Cora, Thor and Arry. She tries to understand her husband’s “spells” and holds her family together. She wants her son, Homer, to marry and avoid being a “lonely old bachelor,” but her doting makes it difficult for him to leave.
Carl Bolton: Husband of Ida and father of Homer, Carl is frequently caught up in “spells” resulting from his sense of failure to become a dentist. He is a source of concern and worry.. However, a skilled craftsman he has built a house for his son to move into when he marries. Unfortunately, it has remained empty for 5 years, awaiting the day when the younger Bolton will finally take a wife.
Homer Bolton: Carl and Ida’s 40 year-old son, Homer has been living at home and dating Myrtle Brown for eleven years , unable, or unwilling, to make a commitment. In fact, he has never before brought her home to meet his family. Kind of thick and clumsy, he is quite comfortable with his life as it is and sees no reason to change it.
Myrtle Brown: The long-suffering fiancée of Homer Bolton, Myrtle is affectionate and appears willing to wait, but it is apparent that she hopes her long awaited visit to his family will finally lead to something more than his weekend visits. She is pleasant, polite, and awkwardly beautiful, if a bit gawky.
Esther (Esty) Crampton: The eldest of the sisters and wife of David, Esty, has spent her married life in submission to a domineering and emotionally abusive husband. However, she manages to do what she wants to without causing conflict. She is the calming influence amongst her sisters. She and David intentionally live a couple of blocks away. Esty has a keen understanding of human and family interaction.
David Crampton: Esther’s domineering, insensitive husband. He is educated, but ignorant, since education has led only to an inflated ego and a misguided sense of superiority. A former professor, he refuses to associate with the family and prefers Esther do the same.. He considers them to be morons and is not reluctant to tell them so. At times he is capable of compassion