Marmalade is the story of an elderly theater director who now lives in the playhouse where she once produced 40 seasons of children’s theater. A brash New York actor returns to the playhouse to meet with the director that inspired him to pursue a career on stage. The night becomes a twisted dream partially based in a play he had written as a tribute to the director with spirited fantasy in performance after too much vodka. The story is part fiction colored by true memories of an actor who once performed inside Children’s Theater of Madison
Founded CTM in 1965 with two friends from a communication arts fraternity in response to the elimination of creative drama from Madison public schools. Nancy wrote many of her own plays adapted from children’s literature, and often served as director.
The play “Marmalade” was originally written for Nancy and Emily was a character she loved dearly. This tribute to her, now crosses the original script with my memories of the time I spent as an actor under the direction of Nancy Thurow.
Rest in peace July 19, 1931 - April 30, 2013
(Photo Credit: Tom Capp)
In the blog I hope to show the journey this script takes to production. And I will also add some accounts from other members of the CTM family from the Nancy years.
With a live production on stage and in film we hope to share a story that any theater lover would enjoy and perhaps even establish a scholarship for young talent.
I hope to capture here our path to production. The thoughts I have for a stage and film production, along with some stories that are not in the script but could be woven inside with image.