Oldcastle Theatre to Present Arthur Miller’s ‘The Ride Down Mount Morgan.’
As theatres around the world celebrate the 100th birthday of playwright Arthur Miller, Oldcastle Theatre presents one of his later and most controversial plays, ‘The Ride Down Mount Morgan.’ In the play, Lyman Felt, in his fifties, is driving down Mount Morgan in the snow when he crashes his car and is taken to hospital. Summoned to his bedside are his daughter and his two wives, Theo, the older WASP-ish woman whom he married decades earlier, and Leah, a young Jewish businesswoman who had been Lyman’s lover and insisted on becoming his wife. Now Lyman’s past and his appetites have caught up with him. The play contains the inimitable observations of one of the greatest chroniclers of American life. Miller’s Lyman is a brilliant creation – a man who simply thinks he should have everything.
“This is a bravura play by a great writer at the height of his powers. It will upset some theatregoers, entrance others and make for passionate, perhaps even heated discussions…. Lyman Felt will be admired and hated but I dare say no one will be neutral about him,” says producing artistic director, Eric Peterson, who will direct the play. “This is a mountain of a man and a thrilling challenge and we are blessed to have Nigel Gore in the role. Nigel was brilliant in our production of ‘The Lion in Winter’ last season. The audience is in for a treat as he matches wits with Katrina Ferguson and Hannah Heller, two talented actresses who are capable of standing toe to toe with him”
Gore, a native of England, is recently back from China where he was acting in Tina Packer’s ‘Women of Will.’ A winner of the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actor in his role as George in ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,’ he has acted in London, Prague and in Shakespeare Festivals throughout the United States.
The Australian-born Katrina Ferguson has played several roles with Oldcastle, and has appeared with the National Shakespeare Company, the Dorset Theatre Festival, New Jersey Repertory and the Bickford Theatre.
Hannah Heller has danced with Gregory Hines and Savion Glover, clowned with Bill Irwin and acted on stage, television and in films. The cast also includes Richard Howe, Cheryl Howard and Ana Anderson. The play opens Friday, October 7, with a reception following the performance when the audience will have an opportunity to meet the actors, and runs through Sunday, October 23. Tickets to the Wednesday, October 12, performance are Buy One/Get One Free. For tickets and times, visit oldcastletheatre.org or call 802-447-0564. Oldcastle Theatre is located at 331 Main Street in downtown Bennington.