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Tea and Sympathy

Tea and Sympathy


by Robert Woodruff Anderson
Directed by Mark Henry
February 25-27, March 4-6, 2011

Cast

Laura Reynolds .................Terri Upton
Lilly Sears......................... Allison Pressley
Tom Lee............................Andy Thompson
David Harris......................Joseph Martin
Ralph................................Clinton Roberts
Al .....................................Steven Berry
Steve................................Elijah “TJ” Crite
Bill Reynolds...................... Mark Thompson
Herbert Lee.......................Joe Narsavage





Synopsis

Tea and Sympathy will strike a sensitive harmonic chord with anyone who has ever been picked on or bullied because they didn’t match others’ definitions of what was “normal.” Timeless and thought-provoking, it follows the plight of a lonely, misunderstood, teenaged boy whose interests in music and theater don’t fit his boarding school’s long-standing culture of “guyhood.” The distressing relationships with his father, classmates, and teachers serve as both backdrop and reinforcement for an emotional attachment to the sympathetic wife of a faculty member. The play is as timely and relevant now as it was 50 years ago. Today’s “Stop the Bullying” and “Stop Bullying Now” campaigns and “It Gets Better Project” directly address the issues that this drama so poignantly portrayed decades ago: judging people through stereotypes…the plight of young people who don't fit in with the majority…and the dilemma of those who do, but aren't strong enough to resist peer pressure for conformity. A major subplot also illustrates how holiday romances can turn sour when exposed to real life. Oscar-nominated playwright and screenwriter Robert Anderson (I Never Sang for My Father, The Nun’s Story, The Sand Pebbles) introduced Tea and Sympathy to Broadway in 1953. It became a huge hit, setting a record for any Playwrights Company production with 712 performances; subsequently went on tour; was adapted for a 1956 MGM film; and provided modern theater with one of its most quotable last lines. Some “old” dramas of the era of well-made plays still have plenty of emotional resonance…this is one of them.