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The Actor's Nightmare

by Christopher Durang


Having casually wandered onstage, George is informed that one of the actors, Eddie, has been in an auto accident and he must replace him immediately. Apparently no one is sure of what play is being performed but George (costumed as Hamlet) seems to find himself in the middle of a scene from Private Lives, surrounded by such luminaries as Sarah Siddons, Dame Ellen Terry and Henry Irving. As he fumbles through one missed cue after another the other actors shift to Hamlet, then a play by Samuel Beckett, and then a climactic scene from what might well be A Man for All Seasonsóby which time the disconcerted George has lost all sense of contact with his fellow performers. Yet, in the closing moments of the play, he rises to the occasion and finally says the right lines.


Production Staff


Bob Kafka


Tom Zuehlke

Stage Manager

Lynn Ruhl


Assistant Stage Manager

Pam Eebling

Colstume Designer

Pam Eebling



George Spelvin

Ryan H. Nelson


Jessie Barr

Sarah Siddons

Elizabeth Havican


Dame Ellen Terry

Jamee Lenzen

Henry Irving

Mike Crowley


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